February 9, 2012

Cardinals begin stretch run this weekend in Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON - With only two weeks remaining in the regular season, CUA heads to Pennsylvania this weekend for a pair of games vs. No. 13 Juniata and Susquehanna.  Friday's showdown vs. the Eagles pits the top two teams in the Landmark Conference against one another.  CUA still has an outside shot at claiming the top spot in this year's conference tournament and can move closer with a win against Juniata.  The Cardinals fell to Juniata last month at home, but defeated Susquehanna.

Entering this weekend, junior Jill Woerner has scored 981 career points, including 273 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 so during the 2009-2010 season.

In her last six games, junior Katarina Owunna has been tough to stop.  The Pittsburgh native is averaging 14 points on 51% shooting, to go along with 9.5 rebounds during that time.  She has posted three double-doubles in the six games.

CUA has won its last seven games in impressive fashion.  The Cardinals are outscoring teams by 15.3 points during that stretch, and holding opponents to 30% shooting from the floor and 25% from 3-point range.  CUA also boasts a +5.6 rebound margin and a +3.7 turnover margin.

In eight road games this season, the Cardinals have lost just once.  CUA is outscoring its opponents by 15.3 points per game on the road, while holding the opposition to 33% shooting from the floor.  Jill Woerner (12.1) and Kelli Josephsen (10.5) lead the way offensively, with Josephsen scoring nearly four points more per game away from home.

Just one team has shot above 50% from 3-point range vs. CUA this season (Moravian, 55%, 1/6/12), while 14 have shot below 30%.  In their last nine games, the Cardinals have held teams to 23% shooting from downtown (41-178).

No. 13 Juniata enters this weekend with only one loss and a perfect 11-0 mark within the Landmark Conference.  The Eagles have won 13 straight games and are 10-0 at home.  Ashton Bankos, who recently scored her 1,000th career point, leads the Eagles in scoring at 14.0 points per game, while six other Juniata players average at least 5.5 points per.  Kate McDonald is the leading rebounder at 9.5 per contest.

Juniata leads the Landmark Conference in scoring (69.0), while ranking second behind CUA in scoring defense (53.3).  The Cardinals have lost five straight vs. the Eagles, dating back to January 8, 2010.

At 1-10 in the Landmark, Susquehanna enters this weekend tied with Goucher for seventh place in the league standings.  The Crusaders have lost nine straight since downing Drew on January 7, and fell to Moravian and Scranton on the road last weekend.

Korey McCaffrey is the leading scorer (9.6) for a team that is averaging only 57.0 points per game and shoots the lowest percentage of any team in the conference (.327).  CUA has won the last three meetings vs. Susquehanna, including earlier this season at home.

Check out the CUA game notes for more information on this weekend's conference clashes.

Friday's night big showdown between CUA and the No. 13 Eagles will get underway beginning at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Cardinals will face Susquehanna at 2.  There will be live video, audio and stats of both games.

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