CUA seeks first conference championship on Saturday vs. Eagles

WASHINGTON - CUA travels to Pennsylvania on Saturday afternoon looking for its first conference championship, when the Cardinals meet Juniata in the Landmark title match.  CUA made history on Wednesday, downing Scranton 47-40 on the road to become the first team in conference history to win a road playoff game.

The Cardinals defense was once again stellar, holding the Royals to 16 second half points and 28% shooting overall.  Jenny McGann's basket with 2:56 to play propelled CUA into the lead and the Cardinals never trailed again.

CUA's defense has performed at a high level all season, ranking 12th in the nation in field goal percentage defense (31.1%).  During their last seven games, the Cardinals have been even tougher, forcing teams into a 29.1% showing.

In the last two seasons, the Cardinals are 18-6 on the road, including a 10-2 mark this season.  CUA is outscoring its opponents by 14.3 points on the road this season, while holding the opposition to 39% shooting overall and 28% from three.

In the Cardinals' 21 wins this season, they have outrebounded opponents by an average of 12.0 caroms.  In their five losses however, the Cards have been outrebounded by an average of 5.8.

Jill Woerner, Emily Grabiak and Katarina Owunna were named to the All-Landmark Conference Teams on Thursday. Woerner earned First Team recognition, while Grabiak and Owunna received Second Team accolades.

CUA's 21 wins this season are tied for the most in school history, tying the 2003-04 team. The Cardinals' 40 wins over the last two seasons are the second most over a two-year span in program history.  CUA won 41 games during the 2003-04 (21) and 2004-05 (20) seasons.

The No. 10 Juniata Eagles are looking for their second consecutive Landmark Conference championship on Saturday.  The Eagles have gone over two months without losing and went a perfect 14-0 during the conference regular season.  Juniata downed Moravian 71-60 in the semifinals on Wednesday, with four Eagles hitting for double figures.

Ashton Bankos, the conference's Player of the Year, leads the team in scoring at 13.5 points per game, while Kate McDonald, the Defensive Player of the Year, pulls down a team-high 9.1 rebounds.  Juniata won both meetings vs. CUA this season, including a tight 55-52 decision on February 10 in Pennsylvania.

For more information on Saturday's championship game, check out the CUA game notes.

Saturday's game is set for tip at 2 p.m.  Juniata will offer live video, audio and stats of the game.

Head Coach Matt Donohue discusses CUA's semifinal win over Scranton, gives his thoughts on the Cardinals' three All-Conference selections and looks ahead to Saturday's championship game in the video below.


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