By Jimmy Cassidy
With a 66-47 victory over the Drew University Rangers on Saturday, January 9th, the Catholic University Cardinals won their 7th consecutive game, and 5th straight since the start of the calendar year. In the span of games dating back to the Jamie Lynn Roberts Fairfield Inn DC Holiday Classic over the break from classes, Catholic has defeated their opponents by an average of more than 22 points a game. The most recent triumph over a conference opponent in Drew moved the Cardinals’ record to 10-5 overall and 5-1 in the Landmark Conference. The loss drops the Drew Rangers to a 6-9 overall record and evened their Landmark record to 3-3.
In front of a supportive home crowd at the Raymond A. DuFour Center, Catholic jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead in the first two minutes of the contest. The run was no fluke; the hosts never lost the lead during the other 38 minutes of the game. CUA controlled the game throughout the night, and 13 different players got some amount of playing time. They did not shoot the ball particularly well, going 23-63 (37%) from the field, but they held their opponents to an even worse percentage on 14-53 shooting. Defensive success was evident in the turnover statistic for Catholic as well, as they caused 20 Drew turnovers that turned into 19 points.
It was junior forward Melissa Errico who led the way on the offensive end for the Cardinals. She had 15 points along with 12 rebounds to end up with an impressive double double. Errico’s big night was a good embodiment of her season, one in which she leads the team in scoring (11.1 PPG) and rebounding (7.3 REB/G). The Rangers had no answer to the Cardinals’ post game. CUA outscored Drew 28-6 in points in the paint. Fellow forward Josephine Migash contributed 13 points of her own in the game. Junior guard Michelle DeSantis was all over the stat sheet too, as she collected 6 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds.
The Cardinals will put their winning streak to the test when they travel to Scranton, the Electric City, tomorrow, Saturday, January 16th to take on the Royals. Scranton will enter the game on an even more impressive streak of victories, as they boast an incredible 15-0 record. Catholic will look to hand the #6 team in the nation their first loss of the season.