CUA looks to continue winning ways against Drew and USMMA
WASHINGTON - Riding a five-game winning streak that has moved them into a second place tie in the Landmark Conference, the Cardinals get back to work this weekend with home games vs. Drew and Merchant Marine Academy. CUA swept Scranton and Moravian last weekend, with the win over Scranton the Cardinals first since the formation of the Landmark Conference in 2007-08. CUA's 7-2 conference mark is its best start after nine games in its short Landmark history.
CUA will honor its lone senior, Holly Jankicki, prior to Saturday's game vs. Merchant Marine Academy. The St. Petersburg, Florida native has helped lead the Cardinals to 59 victories during her career and totaled 320 points and 59 3-pointers during that time. Janicki is a social work major.
Sophomore Emily Grabiak nailed a 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining to lift CUA to a thrilling one-point victory over Moravian last time out. Grabiak, who missed her first five 3-pointers in the game, finished with 7 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals vs. the Greyhounds. She is averaging a team-leading 11.4 points per game during CUA's five-game winning streak.
CUA has won its last five games in impressive fashion. The Cardinals are outscoring teams by 14 points during that stretch, and holding opponents to 31% shooting from the floor and 27% from 3-point range. CUA also boasts a +9.4 rebound margin and a +1.8 turnover margin.
Entering this weekend, junior Jill Woerner has scored 965 career points, including 257 this season. Woerner is looking to become the 18th women's player at CUA to score 1,000 points, and would be the first since Brianna Peterson did it during the 2009-2010 season.
CUA's defense is playing a high level, ranking 21st in the nation in field goal percentage defense (32%). CUA is holding conference opponents to 55.7 points on just 34% shooting.
Drew arrives in the nation's capital following a 30-point blowout of Susquehanna last Saturday. The Rangers received 24 points from Danielle Barber in both of their conference games last weekend and she rode that performance to Landmark Conference Player of the Week honors. Drew is only 2-5 on the road this season, with only one of those wins coming vs. a conference foe.
Barber leads the team in scoring at 15.8 points per game, with Victoria Ault next in line at 11.1 CUA has won the last three games vs. Drew, including a 66-50 decision last month in New Jersey.
After winning three straight games, Merchant Marine Academy saw its streak come to an end last weekend when the Mariners fell to Juniata at home. USMMA did defeat Susquehanna a day earlier though, to earn its third conference victory of the season.
Tamara Kaileh (11.9) and Demi Vanderwal (11.5) lead the team in scoring, with Rebecca Resor pulling down a team-leading 5.7 rebounds per game. The Cardinals have won three straight vs. Merchant Marine Academy, and that includes last month's 26-point victory in New York.
For more information on the weekend's games, check out the CUA game notes.
CUA and Drew tip their game off at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, while the Cardinals and Mariners will get going at 2 on Saturday. CUA will offer live video and stats of both games.