Cardinals meet Scranton in Landmark Conference semifinals
WASHINGTON - The postseason gets underway on Wednesday evening when No. 3 seed CUA heads to Pennsylvania to face second-seeded Scranton. The winner of the semifinal will face the winner of Juniata and Moravian on Saturday in the conference championship.
CUA cruised past Goucher in its last game by a score of 52-28. The Cardinals held the Gophers to 18% shooting and forced 24 turnovers, and used a 20-0 run early in the second half to pull away for their 20th win of the season. Scranton meanwhile, downed Moravian over the weekend, taking down the Greyhounds 72-59 on the road.
Wednesday will mark just the second game in the Landmark Conference Tournament for CUA. The Cardinals made their first-ever tourney last season, but fell at top-seeded Juniata 74-61.
CUA played in four postseason games a season ago, including one in the conference tournament and three ECAC games. Jill Woerner was the leading scorer, averaging 19.8 points, while Katarina Owunna led the way in rebounding at 8.8 per game. Woerner, Owunna, Liz Briones and Emily Grabiak all recorded double-digit rebound totals in at least one game.
CUA's 20 wins this season are tied for the second most in school history, tying the 2004-05 team. The school record for wins is 21, which happened in 2003-04.
In the last two seasons, the Cardinals are 17-6 on the road, including a 9-2 mark this season. CUA is outscoring its opponents by 15 points per game on the road this season, while holding the opposition to 31% shooting overall and 27% from 3-point range.
Woerner was named the Landmark Conference Player of the Week on Monday, marking the second time this season she has won the award. Woerner netted 15 points on 6 of 10 shooting and also added 6 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 steals in only 28 minutes of action vs. Goucher last weekend.
Scranton is in the Landmark Conference Tournament for a fifth straight year. The Royals are a perfect 4-0 in the conference semifinals, including a 64-49 victory over Moravian last season. Scranton is 7-2 at home this season, and has won three straight, including a win over Moravian in the regular season finale.
Meredith Mesaris is the team's leading scorer at 14.7 points per game, while Alison Sweeney (11.1) and Erin Boggan (10.3) join her in double figures. CUA has beaten Scranton just once since joining the Landmark Conference, and that win came earlier this season in Washington.
For more information on Wednesday's semifinal matchup, check out the CUA game notes.
Wednesday's semifinal tips off at 5:30 p.m. Scranton will offer live video, audio and stats of the contest.