WASHINGTON, D.C. – While the Susquehanna women's basketball team held Catholic under 70 points on Friday night, the Crusaders managed only 42 points of offense, falling 65-42 to the Cardinals.
In the loss, freshmen Eleni Dimou (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh) and Jonaida Williams (Williamsport, Pa./Loyalsock Twp.) were the lone players in double figures. Dimou led the squad with 12 points in 24 minutes while Williams added 11 in 32 minutes to go along with her six rebounds.
Catholic (11-3, 3-1) shot only 31 percent from the floor but Susquehanna (4-11, 1-3) finished with just a 23 percent showing. Rebounds also proved problematic for SU, as the Cardinals held a 61-38 edge on the boards with 27 boards of the offensive variety. That helped give Catholic 24 second-chance points over the 40 minutes of action.
It was a low-scoring first half for both squads. The game was tied several times throughout the opening minutes, and Catholic held a slim, 11-9 edge with 11:11 on the clock.
A Dimou layup at 6:21 kept it a four-point game, 17-13, and she sank two free throws at 4:53 to hold Catholic's lead at five (20-15).
The Crusaders could not get any closer to the lead than five points, however. Catholic went up by 10, 27-17, with just under two minutes to play in the half.
Dimou drained a three that brought the lead down to single digits, 29-20, with 1:27 left, but Catholic did not let SU pull any closer and went into halftime ahead 34-20.
The first 2:20 of the second half was scoreless before Catholic's Kelli Josephen made a jump shot for a 36-20 ballgame.
Susquehanna found itself down by 19 (43-24) with 14:23 to play. Four-straight points from Ariana Stowe (Bethesda, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) cut the Cardinals' lead to 14 points, 45-21, as the half approached the midway point.
Unfortunately, Catholic prevented Susquehanna from pulling any closer. The Crusaders found themselves trailing by 26 (59-33) with just 5:34 to play.
The SU defense held Catholic scoreless for a near three-minute stretch but was unable to pull any closer than 23 points and ultimately dropped the 65-42 decision.
The women wrap-up their weekend tomorrow with a 7:30 p.m. game at Goucher.