YORK, Pa. - Catholic University women's basketball senior Sydney Poindexter scored a game-high 22 points en route to earning Most Valuable Player honors as the Cardinals won the title of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic with a 76-71 victory over host York (Pa.) Saturday.
With three-straight wins, Catholic (3-0) is off to its best start since the 2016-17 season when the team began 6-0. Similar to this season, the Cards opened that year with a win at home before going on the road and winning a tournament title at the Emmanuel Tipoff Classic.
Pointdexter scored 15 of her 22 points in the second half while adding six rebounds as the Cardinals rallied from an 11-point third quarter deficit. They trailed 48-37 with 6:10 remaining in the third before scoring 12 consecutive points to take a 70-63 lead with 2:34 to play in the fourth.
Sophomore Luca Mamula scored six of the team's 12 points during the run and all 10 of her second-half points in the fourth. She totaled 10 points and four steals in just eight minutes in the second half.
Meanwhile, freshman Amelia Baldo, who was named to the All-Tournament Team, scored 10 of her 14 points in the second half while adding five assists and three rebounds.
Catholic outscored the Spartans 49-34 in the second half and 24-15 in the fourth quarter after trailing 37-27 at halftime. The team was 8-of-32 from the floor in the first half, including 0-for-7 from three-point range, while York was 14-for-26.
The Cardinals reversed those numbers in the second half, making 18-of-33 attempts while limiting the Spartans to just 10-for-29.
The quartet of Poindexter, Mamula, Baldo and sophomore Amanda Johnson combined for 45 of Catholic's 49 second-half points. Mamula finished with 16 points and six steals while Johnson added 12 points.
Led by Poindexter who was 8-for-10, the Cards were 22-of-29 from the free throw line, including 11-of-14 in the second half.
Catholic travels to St. Mary's College of Maryland on Tuesday for its annual meeting with the Seahawks in memory of Jamie Lynn Roberts.
A 2011 graduate of St. Mary's, Roberts was a three-sport standout in women's soccer, women's basketball and women's lacrosse for the Seahawks before spending three years as an assistant women's basketball coach and athletics communications assistant at Catholic. Tragically, Roberts passed away on June 13, 2014 while participating in the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults' 4K for Cancer bike ride across America.