Cardinals Clamp Down, Hold Gophers to 28 Points

Cardinals Clamp Down, Hold Gophers to 28 Points

Doughty Pulls Down 13 Rebounds in Final Contest

TOWSON, Md. — Despite scoring only 15 points in the first half, Goucher found itself trailing Catholic by only eight points midway through this evening's Landmark Conference game in the Decker Sports & Recreation Center.

But the deficit alarmingly grew to 43-15 when the Cardinals opened the second half by reeling off 20 consecutive points. The first points the Gophers scored in the period were from a layup by TaQuasia Lambert (Brooklyn, N.Y./Patapsco) with only 7:15 still left to be played in what turned out to be a 52-28 victory for Catholic.

Not only did the Gophers (5-20, 1-13 Landmark) go the first 12:44 of the second half without scoring a point, but after a made jumper by Shante Atkinson (Millersville, Md./Old Mill) with 10:33 remaining before halftime, the only points they scored the remainder of the opening period were from the five free-throw attempts they converted.

The Cardinals (20-5, 11-3) went ahead for good on a conventional three-point play by Jill Woerner that made the score 5-4 just 3:40 into the contest.

The Gophers were just 3-for-24 from the field (.125) in the first half before missing their first 18 shots at the outset of the second period. They finished with a .176 shooting percentage and missed all four of their 3-point tries.

The 28 points is the fewest they've scored in a game since a 62-28 loss to Carnegie-Mellon during the 1997-98 season.

The only double-digit scorers in this evening's game were Woerner and Jenny McGann, both from Catholic. Woerner contributed 15 points to the victory and McGann added 12.

Kiara Doughty (Salisbury, Md./Wicomico), one of the three seniors on Goucher's 2011-12 roster playing the final game of her career, was the leading rebounder with 13.

Photo Credit: Marcello Cutti Jr.