WASHINGTON – Emily Grabiak drilled a 3-pointer with only nine seconds remaining to lift CUA to an exhilarating 56-55 come-from-behind win over Moravian on Saturday. The Cardinals (16-4, 7-2) trailed by as many as 13 points but were able to battle back and earn their third straight win over the Greyhounds (12-8, 5-4).
Moravian's Amanda Krueder got inside for a layup with 4:47 remaining in the game to put Moravian up 53-44, but CUA never let up and slowly began to chip away at the deficit.
Kelli Josephsen splashed a jumper to make it a seven-point game and Jill Woerner's layup brought the Cardinals within five.
Five straight free throws by the teams, including three by CUA, made it a four-point game, and after Jenny McGann stole the ball and went coast-to-coast for a basket, the Cardinals were down just two with 1:18 on the clock.
With under a minute to play, Moravian's Alexandra Blair was fouled, but she missed the front end of a one-and-one, and Josephsen got the rebound. Grabiak then worked her way open around two screens for a 3-point shot from the left wing that found nothing but net, sending the CUA faithful into a frenzy.
The Greyhounds had one final attempt to win it, but Kreuder's shot was off the mark, sending the Cardinals to their fifth straight win.
Woerner (13), Josephsen (13) and Katarina Owunna (10) each finished in double figures for CUA, with Owunna also pulling down 13 rebounds. Grabiak dished out four assists, while Owunna blocked three shots.
Alexis Wright led the visitors with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Kreuder finished with 13 tallies.
With the teams tied at four in the early going, Moravian went on a 7-0 run to take an 11-4 lead with 14:30 to play before halftime.
O'Rourke's jumper with 10:31 to play made it an 11-point lead for the Greyhounds, and after Blair sank two freebies, the Cardinals found themselves down 12 with 8:19 remaining.
Danielle Brogan's trifecta at the 1:20 mark pushed Moravian's lead to 13, but Josephsen sank a jumper just before the half as CUA closed to within 11 at the break.
CUA returns to action on Friday, February 3 when the Cardinals play host to Drew. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. from inside the DuFour Center.
See the final sequence of Saturday's game, including Grabiak's game-winner down below.
Grabiak talks about hitting the game-winning shot and Head Coach Matt Donohue discusses what he said to the Cardinals in their final timeout below.