Cardinals look to extend winning streak this weekend
WASHINGTON - Winners of three straight, CUA steps back into Landmark Conference play this weekend, welcoming Scranton and Moravian to town. The Cardinals put the defensive clamps on TCNJ on Tuesday evening, downing the Lions 59-37 at home. CUA held the visitors to 24% shooting and raced out to a 33-11 halftime lead en route to win No. 14. That victory followed a pair of impressive road wins last weekend, at USMMA and Drew.
On any given night, CUA can rely on any number of players to lead the way. 10 Cardinals average double-digit minutes, and nine players average between 3 and 13 points per game. CUA has been led in scoring and rebounding by six different players this season. Jill Woerner has the led the team in scoring the most (10 games) and Katarina Owunna and Kelli Josephsen are tied for the rebounding lead (6 games).
CUA has led at halftime in 16 of its 18 games this season and is 13-3 in those contests. Dating back to the start of last season, the Cardinals are 24-6 when leading at the break.
Katarina Owunna has had back-to-back strong performances for CUA, averaging 18 points and 11 rebounds in wins over Drew and TCNJ. The junior is shooting a robust 66.7% from the field in the two games.
CUA is third in the Landmark Conference in assists, averaging 15.5 per game. In the Cardinals' last five games though, that number has jumped to 17.6 per game. CUA has dished out 88 assists during that time with a high of 19 vs. TCNJ.
After shooting 60.7% from the free throw line (48-79) in five games from January 6-21, CUA has stepped up its performance in the last two, shooting a combined 89.4% at the stripe (17-19).
After suffering its first Landmark Conference loss of the season at Juniata last weekend, Scranton heads out on the road for two more games this weekend. The Royals were upended 71-48 by Juniata on January 21, which snapped their six-game winning streak and dropped them out of a first place tie with the Eagles.
Alison Sweeney (11.5) and Erin Boggan (10.5) lead Scranton in scoring, with Boggan pulling down a team-high 7.4 rebounds per contest. CUA fell to the Royals earlier this month on the road, and is looking for its first win vs. Scranton since the formation of the Landmark Conference prior to the 2007-08 season.
After beginning the conference season with back-to-back losses, Moravian has bounced back to win four of its past five, including an 80-68 victory at Susquehanna last time out. The Greyhounds have two players hitting for double figures, including Alexandra Blair (14.2) and Alexis Wright (10.9), while Blair is the also the leading rebounder (8.7).
CUA had lost four straight vs. Moravian before capturing the last two meetings, both of which came in Bethlehem, Pa., including earlier this month.
For more information on this weekend's two games, check out the CUA game notes.
On Friday, CUA and Scranton will get things started at 5:30 p.m., while on Saturday, the Cardinals and Moravian are slated for a 3:00 tip. CUA will offer live video and stats of both contests.