WASHINGTON, D.C. – The University of Scranton women's basketball team (3-0, 3-0 Landmark) outscored Catholic by a 35-23 margin in the second half and broke the game open en route to a 63-46 win over the Cardinals (4-2, 4-2 Landmark) on Friday night at Franny Murray Court in Washington, D.C.
Scranton led 38-35 with 3:08 to go in the third quarter before sophomore Bridget Monaghan (Florham Park, N.J./Morristown-Beard) hit a pair of free throws and freshman Leah Nolan (Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel) buried a three to kickstart an 18-4 run. The run resulted in a 56-39 lead for the Lady Royals with 5:58 to play in the game.
Monaghan paced the Lady Royals with 17 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, while sophomore Hannah Angelini (Baldwin Place, N.Y./Somers) scored a career-high 12 points off the bench. Freshman Maddie Hartnett (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) tallied nine points and Nolan added eight.
Amanda Johnson led Catholic with 19 points in the defeat.
Scranton got off to a hot start out of the gate and led 11-4 with 7:06 to go in the first quarter after Hartnett hit a three. The Cardinals answered with a 15-6 run before Nolan's three in the final seconds to make it a 20-19 game after one. Both teams locked up defensively in the second quarter and Monaghan's jumper gave the Lady Royals an eight point lead before Johnson hit a late three to cut the lead to 28-23 at the half.
Catholic scored the first five points of the third quarter to tie things at 28 apiece, but Angelini quickly answered with a jumper on the other end to give the visitors the lead for good. The Lady Royals held the 17-point lead at 56-39 following the afore-mentioned 18-4 run and the Cardinals were unable to get any closer than 13 the rest of the way.
The Lady Royals shot 42.3% (22-of-52) from the field and 30.4% (7-of-23) from three-point range, while limiting Catholic to 30.4% shooting (17-of-56) from the floor and 31.6% (6-of-19) from deep. Head coach Nick DiPillo's squad connected on 12-of-16 (75%) from the charity stripe including a 6-of-6 effort from Angelini.
Scranton held a 43-31 edge on the boards led by the career-high 11 rebounds from Monaghan. Junior Danielle McCurdy (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) added eight rebounds of her own for the Lady Royals.
The two teams will close out the home-and-home series on Sunday afternoon in Scranton with opening tip at the John Long Center slated for 4 p.m.