BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Moravian defeated No. 17 Catholic 62-59 on Saturday in a thrilling contest. Three free throws from freshman forward Alesha Marcks and junior guard Alyssa Hann in the final seconds of the game sealed the victory for Moravian.
The Greyhounds (14-1, 5-0 Landmark) handed the Cardinals (14-1, 3-1 Landmark) their first loss of the season behind sophomore forward Alexis Wright’s double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Senior guard Jenny McGann scored the first points for the Cardinals off a layup. Junior center Laura Jordan tied the game at two with two free throws for the Greyhounds.
The Cardinals jumped out to an early 7-2 lead three minutes in. Senior guard Amanda Kreuder hit a deep two, but junior guard Emily Grabiak responded with a 3-pointer for the 10-5 lead five minutes in.
After exchanging scores, junior guard Danielle Brogan hit a three from the wing to knot the contest at 19 with nine minutes left in the half. McGann gave the lead back to Catholic with a layup. Wright came back with a lay-in of her own after driving to the hoop to tie the game at 21 with 7:19 left in the first half.
Wright drew the foul, and hit one of her free throw to give the Greyhounds their first lead of the game at 22-21. Freshman guard Steph Peterson added two more free throws for the 24-21 lead with five minutes remaining in the half. Katie O’Rourke then drove to the hoop for the layup for the 26-21 lead.
Junior forward Liz Briones ended Moravian’s 8-0 run with a layup from underneath to make the score 27-23. Marcks came back with a layup at the other end for the 29-23 lead heading into halftime.
Senior forward Katarina Owunna scored the first basket of the second half for the Cardinals. O’Rourke came back with a lay-in. After trading scores, Wright grabbed the offensive board and went up strong for the layup. O’Rourke grabbed a steal and hit one of two free throws for the 38-30 lead three and a half minutes into the second half.
Jordan ended the Cardinals run with a layup for the 44-41 advantage. Marcks followed up with a deep two for the 46-41 lead with 12 minutes to play in the contest. Free throws from Catholic brought them within three points of the lead at 47-44 with 10:35 left in the game. A hook from Jill Woerner made the score 47-46, but Wright answered back with a layup of her own.
After trading scores, a steal and layup, Woerner put the Cardinals back on top 52-51. Jordan came back with a layup, and Brogan followed with a break-away lay-in for the 55-52 lead with 4:30 remaining in the game.
Kelli Josephsen knotted the contest up at 55 with a 3-pointer from the corner. A deep two by Woerner put Catholic back up at 57-55 with just under two minutes to play. Wright responded with a layup to tie the game at 57.
Josephsen put the Cardinals back up with a fade-away jumper. After getting fouled, O’Rourke made both free throws to tie the game at 59 with one minute to play. With 19 seconds remaining, Marcks hit one free throw for Moravian to go up 60-59. Hann then got fouled while going in for the layup. Hann hit both free throws for the 62-59 lead with four seconds remaining. Grabiak threw up a last second 3-pointer, but it hit the front of the iron.
Moravian is now 2-0 versus ranked opponents this winter.
Marcks was a key-contributor in the victory, posting a career-high 12 points to go with four rebounds, two assists and two steals while O’Rourke added ten points, seven boards, four assists and three steals. Jordan put up nine points, five rebounds and two blocks while Brogan had seven points and five rebounds.
Woerner led the Cardinals with 22 points and five rebounds while Owunna had ten points, six rebounds, three blocks and three steals. McGann put up eight points, seven rebounds and six assists while Grabiak had seven points, five boards and four assists in the game.
The Greyhounds shot 36 percent from the field while the Cardinals shot 32 percent from the field in the game. Both teams had 46 rebounds while Catholic had four less turnovers.