Basketball fans who like to see the game played under the rim are in for a treat Saturday when Marymount heads down I-95 to face nationally ranked Mary Washington in a Capital Athletic Conference showdown. Fredericksburg-based MWU is 7-0, 3-0 and ranked No. 16 by both D3hoops and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Catholic and MU each received votes in the Dec. 6 D3hoops rating. The Saints must be on the lookout for Brianne Comdon. The 6-foot center averages more than 15 points a game and torched St. Mary’s for 20 in a 57-39 rout Wednesday. Kendall Parker averages about 13 ppg for the Eagles.

Saints keep marching

Marymount’s strong defense helped the Saints overcome horrid shooting by one of its leaders in a 73-48 romp over Southern Virginia (2-6, 0-3) in Arlington Dec. 7. MU (6-1, 3-0) benefited from 24 turnovers by the Knights. Tyffani McQueen paced the Saints with 5 steals. Nicole Viscuso posted a double-double for Marymount with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Regan Lohr led all scorers with 20 points. Abby Fischer contributed 10 points off the bench. Leah Hurst had an off night shooting, connecting on only 1-of-8 attempts from the floor, but sank 7-of-8 at the charity stripe to finish with nine points. She also had a game leading 8 assists and 4 steals. Micaela MacFarlane came off the Southern Virginia bench with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting.

Cards rally falls short

Catholic University lead CAC powerhouse Salisbury 53-51 after a Peyton Smith layup with 4:32 to play, but the Sea Gulls strong defense was too much for CU. SU limited Catholic to just 26 percent shooting from the floor Wednesday in a 64-59 non-conference win on the Eastern Shore.

The Cardinals (6-1) managed just eight assists in the contest with four of those coming from Mollie Reynolds off the bench.

Melissa Errico usually shoots better than 40 percent from the floor, but she was just 3-of-15 Wednesday. She added 9 rebounds and 7 steals. Smith, normally a 36 percent shooter, shot just 2-of-10 from the floor.

CU missed 29 layups, according to the play-by-play sheet.

The Sea Gulls (6-1) took an early lead and coasted on it for most of the game. Michele DeSantis tied the contest at 51-51 with 6:42 to play, and Smith made the next bucket. DeSantis hit a three-pointer with about 3 minutes to play giving the Cards their last lead at 56-53. SU’s Lauren Rothfeld made 4-of-4 free throws and the team grabbed 6 caroms over the next three minutes. Paige Bryce added a layup and Mary MacDonagh hit a 3 with 1:48 left to put the Sea Gulls ahead 58-56.

DeSantis led the Cards with 19 points. Bernadette Launi (Good Counsel) added 16 points and 11 boards. Rothfeld led all scorers with a career-high 24 points and 10 rebounds.

McDonagh added 12 points for the Sea Gulls.

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