WILMINGTON – After a hard-fought, one-point victory at St. Elizabeth on Monday, the last thing the top-ranked Ursuline Raiders needed Wednesday night was another Catholic Conference nail-biter. The Raiders made sure that didn't happen, putting the Pandas away early en route to a 48-25 home win.
Ursuline was on the mark in the first quarter, taking a 16-5 lead. The Raiders got most of their scoring from their guards, Adrianna Hahn and Kailyn Kampert, who had seven and four, respectively. The lead grew as the game went on, although Padua outscored the Raiders, 6-4, in the final quarter, long after the starters had departed.
Padua had a scare late in the first quarter when guard Emma Matthews, the team's leading scorer, appeared to hit her head on the floor diving for a loose ball. Matthews left the game and was checked by a trainer. She watched the entire second quarter but was back in the lineup at the start of the second half.
Ursuline smothered Padua with tight defense all night. The Pandas struggled to complete passes and get any good looks at the basket. Padua had just seven field goals on the evening. Both teams were able to get substantial playing time for the entire roster.
Brenna Williams led the Raiders with 14, while Hahn scored 10, all in the first half. For Padua, Bridget Novielli had six, and Emily Thiemann added five. Padua is off until Jan. 19, when the Pandas visit Cape Henlopen. The Raiders return to the court Saturday at 2:45 p.m. against Archbishop Ryan at Philadelphia University in the Play by Play event.