January 5, 2012

Cardinals head to Pennsylvania for a pair of conference games

WASHINGTON - CUA hits the road this weekend for a pair of tough games at Moravian and Scranton.  The Cardinals were last in action on December 31, when they suffered only their second loss this season to Washington College in the Fairfield Inn Holiday Tournament championship.  That loss snapped CUA's nine-game winning streak.

Jill Woerner and Claire McEvily received All-Tournament Team honors for their performances last weekend.  CUA is off to one of its strongest starts in recent memory, with nine wins against only two losses.

CUA's defense has been strong in the early going this season.  The Cardinals rank 12th in the nation in field goal percentage defense (31.2) and 30th in scoring defense (50.2).  CUA has held six opponents below 50 points already, with a low of 37 vs. St. Mary's.

In its two games at the Fairfield Inn Holiday Tournament, CUA's bench outscored its counterparts a combined 55-29, led by McEvily's 16 points.

Entering this weekend, CUA leads the Landmark Conference in a number of statistical categories, including scoring defense (50.2), field goal percentage defense (.312), rebounding (48.4), rebound margin (+11.3), and defensive rebounds (32.64).

Moravian enters this weekend with a record of 7-4, which includes a 69-55 setback at Scranton in early December.  Since that game the Greyhounds have won six straight though, including a 68-46 win over Albant College of Pharmacy on Tuesday at home.  Alexandra Blair (13.7) and Alexis Wright (11.2) lead Moravian in scoring and that pair also pulls down a team-leading 7.9 rebounds each per game.

CUA earned its first-ever win inside Johnston Hall last season with a 70-64 victory on February 4.  Woerner led the way for CUA with a double-double (18 points, 14 rebounds).

Following a 62-56 victory over Neumann on Tuesday, Scranton enters this weekend with a 6-6 record, including a 1-0 mark within the Landmark Conference.  The Royals have not been able to string together more than two straight wins this season, but they also have not lost more than two straight games.  Scranton is just 2-1 at home so far, having played more neutral site games (five) than home games.

Alison Sweeney is the team's leading scorer at 12.6 points per game, while Erin Boggan and Tayler Pallotta are averaging 7.1 rebounds per contest.  CUA is looking for its first win over the Royals since the formation of the Landmark Conference prior to the 2007-08 season.

For more information on CUA, check out this weekend's game notes.

Friday's game between CUA and Moravian will get underway at 7:30 p.m. from Bethlehem, Pa.  On Saturday, the Cardinals and Royals get things started beginning at 4.

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