WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University women's basketball junior Mollie Reynolds scored a career-high 15 points, but SUNY New Paltz connected on 14 three-pointers and took advantage of a poor shooting night for the Cardinals en route to a 81-54 nonconference victory Sunday at Franny Murray Court.
Catholic (3-1), who fell for just the 19th time in its last 102 games at home, suffered its worst loss inside the DuFour Center since a 63-36 loss to Salisbury back on Nov. 19, 2014.
The Cardinals shot just 13.6 percent from three-point range (3-of-22) and 43.8 percent from the free throw line (7-of-16).
Meanwhile, the Hawks (2-1) shot 46.7 percent from three-point range (14-of-30). New Paltz entered today's game ranked second in the nation in three-point field goals made per game and have now attempted 106 in just three games this season, making 38.
The last time Catholic allowed 30 three-point attempts in a game came back on Feb. 27, 2016 at Scranton in the Landmark Conference championship game.
Reynolds finished the game with 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals. She also had 15 points in a 57-44 win against Marymount (Va.) on Dec. 30, 2017.
The Hawks led 23-9 after the first quarter, outscoring Catholic 21-5 over the final 8:28 of the first quarter after the Cardinals took their first and only lead at 4-2. The Cards were just 3-of-14 from the floor and 3-of-10 from the free throw line in the opening stanza while New Paltz was 9-of-15 from the floor and 5-of-9 from three-point range.
Rachel Simon scored 11 of her game-high 21 points for the Hawks in the first while playing all 10 minutes.
New Paltz led 30-16 with 5:59 remaining in the second quarter before Catholic closed the half with a 16-7 run to pull within five at the break, 37-32. Reynolds and senior Sarah O'Neill combined for 17 of the team's 23 points in the quarter with Reynolds totaling nine and O'Neill scoring eight-straight for the Cardinals to trim their deficit to eight, 32-24.
Catholic scored the first four points of the second half on layups by junior Megan Stafford and freshman Luca Mamula to pull within one, 37-36 with 8:30 left in the third quarter, but that would be as close as the team would get as the Hawks led by 14 after three, 60-46.
New Paltz outscored the Cardinals 21-8 in the fourth quarter, holding them to just 4-of-16 shooting, including 0-for-5 from three-point range.
O'Neill finished the game 12 points and six rebounds, both career highs. Mamula totaled nine points and nine rebounds while Stafford had six points, seven rebounds and four steals.
Catholic is currently ranked 12th in the nation in steals.
The Cardinals return to action on Saturday, December 1 when they open Landmark Conference play against Drew at Franny Murray Court beginning at 2 p.m.