The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (8-12, 4-7) women's basketball team was upended 67-59 Saturday afternoon by the Cardinals of Catholic University of America (18-4, 9-2) in Washington, D.C.
Three Mariners tied for the team lead in scoring as junior guard Tamara Kaileh, junior guard Roshenda Josephs, and freshman guard Demi Van Der Wal netted seven points each. Freshman forward Rebecca Resor added a game high 12 rebounds.
USMMA couldn't seem to hold onto the ball as a steep turnover differential ended up being the difference in the game. The Cardinals lapped up 26 takeaways and outscored Kings Point 28-5 in points off of turnovers.
The Mariner's only lead of the game came 3:25 into the first half when Van Der Wal sank a pair of free throws to put Kings Point up 4-3. The Cardinals proceeded to go on a 18-0 run to establish a commanding lead they wouldn't again relinquish. The first half ended with Resor nailing a jumper to cut the Mariner's deficit to 30-17 at halftime.
The second half proved to be more of the same as the Cardinals opened up a 29 point advantage cruising their way to a 67-39 victory.
Catholic's junior forward Katarina Owunna scored a game high 13 points and nabbed a team high 10 rebounds on her way to a double-double. Junior guard Jill Woerner was the only other Cardinal to reach double figures as 12 different Cardinals entered the score sheet.
The loss drops the Mariners to 4-7 in Landmark Conference play with only three conference games left. USMMA will face off against New Rochelle in non-conference action Monday, February 6th at 7:30 PM.
Photo by Shawn Antonelli