The Catholic University women’s basketball team made program history with its twelfth consecutive win on Feb. 16, and is poised to add one more regular-season victory tomorrow at cross-town Capital Athletic Conference rival Gallaudet University, where they’ll play their last regular season game at 2 p.m.
In the early going, the Cardinals were 0-3 in the CAC and 6-6 overall, but went on to exact revenge on those three CAC teams, the University of Mary Washington, Marymount University and St. Mary’s (Md.) College, while breaking the program record for consecutive wins Feb. 9, when the Cardinals defeated York College of Pennsylvania, 73-52. The previous record came in the 1987-88 season when the Cardinals reeled off nine wins in a row under Coach Gabe Romano.
This season marks another milestone for Coach Maggie Lonergan, who became the winningest women’s basketball coach at CUA. In her fourth year, Lonergan holds a 67-39 overall record. Her husband, Mike Lonergan, now an assistant coach at the University of Maryland, holds the record for the men's program at 251.
(To read more about Maggie Lonergan and her team’s experiences this season, catch The Washington Post’s “Adventures of Maggie” column in Sunday’s Washington Post Magazine.)
The Cardinals now stand at 10-3 in the CAC – good for a three-way tie for first place – and 18-6 overall. The team is ranked fifth in the Atlantic region.
Standing at 15-8 and 8-5 in the CAC, the men’s basketball team wrapped up third place in the league under first-year Head Coach Steve Howes. Their final regular-seaon game is Saturday also against Gallaudet, starting at 4 p.m.
CAC quarterfinals begin Feb. 22; pairings will be announced shortly.
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