|Sofia Recupero||Makenzie Mason||Emily Shurina|
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The No. 10 University of Scranton women's basketball team (12-3, 2-2 Landmark) put together a furious late rally and had a chance to take the lead in the final minute, but fell just short in a heartbreaking 65-62 loss to the Catholic Cardinals (12-3, 3-1 Landmark) on Saturday afternoon at Franny Murray Court.
Scranton trailed 57-46 with 5:55 left before going on a 16-6 run and senior Sofia Recupero (Whitestone, N.Y./Saint Francis Prep) hit a layup with 1:36 left to cut the lead to 63-62. The Lady Royals had a couple of chances in the final minute, but were unable to take the lead.
Senior Makenzie Mason (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) had 13 points and eight rebounds to pace the Lady Royals, while Recupero and sophomore Emily Shurina (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) added 12 points apiece. Recupero also collected a career-high 14 rebounds, surpassing her previous career-best mark of 12 that had been set on two occasions.
Mason sits just eight points shy of 1,000 for her career with 992.
Amanda Johnson led Catholic with 12 points and was joined in double figures by Sydney Poindexter (11 points) and Rachel Bussanich (10 points).
Shurina buried a three to open the scoring at the 9:17 mark of the first quarter, but the Cardinals responded with a 12-0 run and a layup from Poindexter gave the hosts a 12-3 lead at the 4:40 mark. Catholic held a 21-8 lead after one. The Lady Royals opened the second quarter on an 11-4 run and freshman Bridget Monaghan (Florham Park, N.J./Morristown-Beard) hit a pair of free throws to cut the lead to six at 25-19 with 3:29 left in the first half. The two teams traded baskets for the final three minutes of the first half and Recupero's jumper in the final seconds made it a 33-27 game in favor of Catholic at the half.
Junior Taylor Rodriguez's (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) three-pointer brought Scranton within one at 40-39 with 4:11 left in the third quarter, but the Cardinals scored eight of the final 11 points in the quarter and led 48-42 after three. Catholic's Erin Doherty hit a three to extend the lead to 57-46 with 5:55 left before Shurina hit a three on the other end to ignite the late comeback attempt from Scranton.
Scranton was 20-of-54 (37.0%) from the field and 7-of-22 (31.8%) from three-point range to go along with a 15-of-18 clip (83.3%) from the free-throw line. Catholic shot 44.6% (25-of-56) from the field and 47.1% (8-of-17) from deep.
The Lady Royals held a 38-28 edge in the rebounding battle led by Recupero's career-high 14 rebounds and eight from Mason.
The University of Scranton women's basketball team returns home to host Susquehanna in Landmark Conference action on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Opening tip at the John Long Center is slated for 7 p.m.