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Lady Royals Fall Just Short in 60-55 Loss to Catholic

© Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty /
© Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty /


SCRANTON, Pa. – The University of Scranton women's basketball team (3-1, 3-1 Landmark) dropped a back-and-forth affair to the Catholic University Cardinals (5-2, 5-2 Landmark) by a score of 60-55 on Sunday afternoon at the John Long Center in Scranton.

The Lady Royals led 43-39 with nine minutes to play after a layup from sophomore Kyra Quigley (Drexel Hill, Pa./Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr), but Catholic answered with a 17-5 run over the next eight plus minutes to take a 56-48 lead with 0:39 left. Perhaps the turning point of the game came with 1:43 to play as Scranton trailed 50-48 and misfired on a three before Amanda Johnson converted a three-point play on the other end to extend Catholic's lead to five.

Sophomore guard Bridget Monaghan (Florham Park, N.J./Morristown-Beard) was 8-of-8 from the free throw line and led Scranton with a career-high 22 points on the afternoon, while classmate Hannah Angelini (Baldwin Place, N.Y./Somers) added a career-high 13 points of her own on 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc to go along with a career-high nine rebounds. Quigley tallied eight points, 11 rebounds and three blocks for the hosts.

Monaghan surpassed her previous career of 21 points that had been set on Feb. 1, 2020 at Elizabethtown. Angelini set a new career-high for the second time this week after scoring 12 points in Friday's 63-46 victory at Catholic.

Johnson paced Catholic with 18 points and Rachel Bussanich added 14 points and six rebounds in the contest.

Angelini hit a three to give the Lady Royals a 14-8 lead with 1:48 left in the first quarter and Scranton led 14-9 after one, but Catholic scored five straight in the early stages of the second quarter to tie things at 14 apiece. The two teams traded baskets for a majority of the second quarter and a three-pointer from Monaghan in the final minute gave Scranton a 26-23 lead at the half.

Scranton opened the second half on a 12-5 run capped by a three-point play from freshman Maddy Ryan (Malvern, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) that gave the hosts a double-digit lead at 38-28 with 5:26 left in the third quarter. A three from Monaghan gave the Lady Royals a 41-34 lead, but the Cardinals scored the final five points of the quarter to cut the lead to 41-39 after three. Johnson scored nine points for Catholic during the crucial 17-5 run including a pair of three-pointers. Scranton cut the lead to one at 47-46 following an Angelini three, but was unable to regain the lead.

The Lady Royals shot 31% (18-of-58) from the floor and 30% (6-of-20) from three-point range, while connecting on all 13 free throw attempts. Catholic was 18-of-62 (29%) from the field and 6-of-26 (23.1%) from deep to go along with a 62.1% (18-of-29) clip from the free throw line. The Cardinals were 8-of-11 from the charity stripe in the final 1:27.

Head coach Nick DiPillo's squad held a slight 46-42 edge on the boards behind Quigley's 11 rebounds and Angelini's nine.

The University of Scranton women's basketball team hosts Moravian in Landmark Conference action on Wednesday night with opening tip at the John Long Center slated for 7 p.m.