Catholic is in the Landmark Conference women’s basketball tournament. The question is seeding now. Another victory over regular season champ Scranton Feb. 21 guarantees the Cardinals second place and a home playoff game. The Lady Royals are ranked No. 14 by USAToday. SU’s Meredith Mesaris (Fairfax) averages 20 points per game.
A loss will put the team’s fate in the hands of the Elizabethtown-Susquehanna winner. Both the Cards and the winner end the LC season 11-5. The first tiebreaker is head-to-head competition. CU split season meeting with Elizabethtown, but lost both games to the Crusaders.
Catholic (17-7 overall) clinched the tournament appearance routing Juniata 69-50, Feb. 18. Juniata fell to 8-16 and 6-9 in the league.
Michelle DeSantis led the Cards effort with a game-high 16 points and six assists. Josephine Migash celebrated her 21st birthday with 13 points and seven rebounds in the win. Katy Leamer guided the Eagles’ campaign with 15 points and eight rebounds. Kelsey Livoti added 14 points for Juniata.
Ahead 59-58 with 3:27 to play, Marymount went on a 7-1 to put the contest against a nationally ranked opponent on ice. The Saints defense also stopped two layup attempts during the stretch.
The MU shocked No. 15 Salisbury Feb. 18, 70-63. The Saints improve to 16-8 on the season and 12-5 in conference with the win. The Seagulls (22-2, 16-1) only lost one other game this season–to No. 8 Montclair State. Kievanna Lacey scored 20 points for the Saints while Leah Hurst (St. Mary’s Annapolis) and Kiki Laux (Westfield) chipped in 16 and 15 points, respectively. Samantha Kane collected 10 rebounds for the Saints.
The Saints square off with Frostburg State (6-11, 10-14) Feb. 21 in their biggest game of the season. MU and Christopher Newport are currently tied for third place in the Capital Athletic Conference. The Saints and Captains split their series with each team winning at home. Both are 12-5 in CAC play Saturday. CN plays last place Penn State Harrisburg (3-14, 4-20). If both teams win, the conference may toss a coin to decide the winner. The four-seed plays at Salisbury in the first round. No. 3 plays at Mary Washington (17-6, 13-3).
Gallaudet needs to win at least one of the weekends game to clinch a tournament spot, according to Sam Atkinson, the school’s assistant athletic director for communications. The Bison close out the regular-season schedule this weekend with two more conference games. GU will travel to Lancaster Bible College (19-4, 16-2) Feb. 20, for a 5 p.m. game. Feb. 21 the Bison close the regular season at Penn State Berks (2-19, 2-15).
Gallaudet won its third game in a row Feb. 17, 61-58 at Bryn Athyn College. The Lady Bison saw an 18-point second half lead dwindle to two with about 4:30 to play.
Alexa Justus led the Bison (13-9, 12-6 NEAC) with 14 points. Zamica Gage (Model School) finished with 12 points. Lane Peters added nine points and nine rebounds in limited action as she dealt with foul trouble.
Brittany Vick paced the Lions’ attack as she had a game-high 19 points as she made four three-pointers. Kristina Clark and Je’La Watson added 13 and 11 points, respectively, and Taylor Davis ripped down 12 rebounds in the loss.