Lady Cavs knock off Notre Dame, boost record to 9-13

By Laura Gallagher
February 7, 2012

With a win over the College of Notre Dame, the Lady Cavs improved their season record to 9-13. The road win also helped the Cavs move above the .500 mark (7-6) in CSAC play. -- Cabrini College Athletics Department / Submitted photo

The women’s basketball team defeated the College of Notre Dame (Md.) by a final score of 62-45 on Saturday, Feb. 4. The win improves the Cavaliers record to 9-13 as a whole and also gives them a 7-6 record in the Colonial State Athletic Conference.

Michelle Petronaci, sophomore forward, believed that Notre Dame was a team they had an opportunity to get a win against. They had an 0-17 record entering the game and Cabrini wanted to take advantage of that.

“We have to have pride in our team,” Petronaci said. “We can’t feel sorry for them and let them in the game.”

The team as a whole realized that Notre Dame wasn’t the biggest threat but they still had to play with their head on straight.

“We played together. They weren’t the toughest team to play but it was important not to play down to their level,” Amanda Cundari, sophomore guard, said.

Petronaci scored four points in the game while Cundari added six. The Lady Cavs were led in scoring by sophomore guard Brittany Sandone, who had 12 points and a game-high six steals.

Many other players contributed to scoring making this game a balanced effort. Freshman forward Megan Decker scored seven points in the game and junior Renee Deas had eight rebounds for Cabrini.

Head coach Kate Pearson was pleased with the way the team worked together for this victory.

“It was a good team win, we had everyone able to play and contribute,” Pearson said. “Defensively, we held them in the first half.”

The team made 40 percent of their attempts from the floor and held Notre Dame to 28.1 percent for the entire game.

“Deas started in place of an injured Marykate McCann and posted a solid line across the board,” Pearson said. “We as a team had the edge rebounding which helped us get some second chances offensively.”

In addition to having eight rebounds, Deas had nine points, four assists and two steals.

After ending the month of January with a six-game losing streak, the Cavs are 2-0 in the month of February.

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