SALISBURY, Md. - Catholic University women's basketball freshman Luca Mamula scored a career-high 19 points as the Cardinals handed Salisbury just its second loss of the season and its first at home with a 61-47 nonconference victory Wednesday at the Maggs Physical Activities Center.
Catholic (4-3) snapped a two-game losing skid after holding the Sea Gulls to their second-lowest point total of the season and their second-lowest field goal percentage at 37.8 percent.
Mamula scored 10 of her 19 points in the first half as the Cardinals led by six, 34-28.
The Cards scored the game's first six points before a 12-5 run by Salisbury gave the home team its only lead of the game at 12-11 with 1:40 remaining in the first quarter. However, Catholic scored the final six points of the quarter to take a five-point lead after one.
The Sea Gulls (5-2) cut their deficit to just three with 11 seconds to play in the second quarter before a three-pointer by Ashley Smith gave he Cardinals a six-point lead at the break.
Catholic broke things open in the third quarter, limiting Salisbury (5-2) to just seven points while holding the Sea Gulls scoreless for the first 4:57. Salisbury scored just four points from the field, going 2-of-8 from the floor and 3-of-9 from the free throw line while Mamula, junior Sydney Poindexter and senior Sarah O'Neill combined for 10 of the Cards' 12 points on perfect 4-of-4 shooting.
The Cardinals led by as many as 17 in the fourth quarter after sophomore Maggie Rakowsky made three-straight free throws with 4:51 remaining. She scored seven of the team's 15 points, going 5-for-5 from the free throw line, while Mamula added six points.
Catholic outrebounded the Sea Gulls 37-30, holding them to their lowest total of the season. The Cards scored 30 points in the paint and 16 off of 22 Salisbury turnovers.
Pointdexter finished with 10 points and seven rebounds while junior Megan Stafford had nine points, seven rebounds and three steals. Junior Mollie Reynolds added four steals as the Cardinals totaled 15 as a team. Catholic entered the game leading the Landmark Conference in turnovers forced and steals.
The Cardinals host a nonconference contest with Frostburg State on Saturday at Franny Murray Court beginning at 2 p.m.