Lady Cavs remain undefeated in CSAC

By Christine Adolf
January 29, 2009

The Cavalier women’s basketball team posted a 5-2 record over winter break, with three of their wins coming against conference rivals.

With those three conference wins, Cabrini currently sits second in the conference standings with a record of 4-0 and an overall record of 9-3.

The women defended off Franklin and Marshall College in the Nerney Field House, 70-61, on Friday, Dec. 12.

Senior forward Brittany McLeod tallied her second double-double of the season scoring 16 points and recording 16 rebounds.

Junior point guard Deana DiAmico led the team with 17 points and converted 10-of-11 shots from the foul line.

The blue and gray then met up with Randolph-Macon College and Elizabethtown College in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands for the Sunsational Hoops Classic where they split their games 1-1.

The lady Cavs went on to beat Randolph-Macon, 60-53, on Monday, Dec. 29.

McLeod, DiAmico and junior guard Alyssa Brady each tallied 11 points in the game.

The ladies then met up on Wednesday, Dec. 31, for a New Year’s Eve matinee with Elizabethtown College, which they dropped 63-58.

After coming back from their trip, the ladies hustled on Sunday, Jan. 10, gliding to a 76-63 CSAC win over Baptist Bible College.

“The time that we have put into practicing is worth it after you win a big game like that,” Maryellen Anastasio, sophomore communication major, said.

DiAmico once again paced the Cavaliers with a team-high 12 points in the victory. Brady gathered 11 points while senior reserve guard Kate Ryan put up nine points.

“It is important being undefeated. It is sending a message of what the Cabrini women’s basketball team is all about. We let our opponents know that every game we come ready to play,” Julianne Bonomo, sophomore marketing major, said.

With one day’s rest, the Cavs traveled to Baltimore, where they carried on their undefeated conference record by beating Notre Dame 71-48.

The Gators rallied early in the second half to come within one of the Cavs, but they responded with a 15-4 run to reclaim the lead that they held onto for the win.

The blue and gray then went on to beat Marywood University, 75-69, to remain undefeated in the conference on Thursday, Jan. 15.

Smith led the Cavaliers with 20 points and McLeod had another double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

The Cavs took a break from conference action to face No. 18 DeSales University in the Nerney Field House on Saturday, Jan. 17.

Cabrini suffered a loss, 68-60, ending a three-game win streak.

DiAmico sank seven field goals and three from beyond the arc.

As winter break wrapped up, the team posted an overall record of 9-3 under new head coach Bernadette Laukitis.

“Our new coach is wonderful. She teaches each one of us valuable lessons on and off the floor. Playing for Coach Bern and for this team has been a blessing. She cares for each member of this team like we were her little sisters,” Bonomo said.

Christine Adolf

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