The Cabrini women’s basketball team clinched their division, earning a first round playoff bye after beating Immaculata University 64-48 on Thursday, Feb. 19.
They are currently 21-4 at the end of their Colonial States Athletic Conference regular season schedule.
“Immaculata needed to win that game in order to potentially make the playoffs, so we knew that we were going to get their best effort,” head coach Bernadette Laukaitis said. “This game was a great culmination of our season.”
Cabrini led by 10-0 before the Mighty Macs scored their first point of the game.
“We knew we had to play well because they had just come off of a huge win at Gwynedd-Mercy, so we knew they were going to come out confident,” senior English and communication major Nicole Duggan said.
Senior forward Kayleen Smith led the offense, scoring 13 points and grabbing six rebounds. Senior Brittany McLeod tallied her eighth double-double of the season, scoring 12 points and 12 boards.
“It was a great playoff atmosphere and the girls answered everything they threw at us,” Laukaitis said.
The Cavs led by 11 points at the 16:43 mark.
After a back-door lay-in from senior forward Rachael Caron, Cabrini led by 13 points, 22-9.
“We came out ready to play and knew that it was going to take a lot for us to win a game of that magnitude,” Laukaitis said.
Immaculata responded with eight points that allowed us to only have a five point lead, but the Cavs led by 16 points at the half mark.
The Cavs brought their lead back up to 14 points, 51-37, after junior Deana DiAmico hit a runner in the land and led by 19 points with only two points remaining.
Junior shooting guard Alyssa Brady tallied nine points and collected 10 rebounds. Caron scored a season-best 10 points. While, point guard DiAmico added eight points for the Cavaliers.
“It was a great team win and was a great way to end our regular season and get us ready for the playoffs,” history major DiAmico said.
For the first time since the 1996-97 campaign the Cavs have won 21 regular season games.
“I catch myself watching almost as a spectator because they are just playing great basketball right now and are enjoying every minute they are out there together,” Laukaitis said.
“As seniors, it felt great to win our last regular season game, especially with it being a conference win,” Duggan said.
Cabrini will begin the post-season as the top seed in the CSAC tournament.