January 7, 2012

Cardinals upended by Scranton 70-64 on the road

SCRANTON, Pa. – The Cardinals suffered their first Landmark Conference loss of the season on Saturday, falling to Scranton 70-64 inside the Long Center.  CUA led 35-30 at halftime, but was unable to hold on, falling to 10-3 on the season.  Jill Woerner led the Cardinals with 17 points.

Tayler Pallotta's jumper at the 14:04 mark of the first half gave Scranton an early 15-10 lead, and after Sidney Jaques drained a 3-pointer two minutes later, the Royals were in front by 11.

Trailing 29-19 with 6:53 to go before halftime, CUA closed the half on a 16-1 run, capped by Rachel Ferri's 3-pointer with only 21 seconds to play, which propelled the Cardinals to a 35-30 halftime lead.

Scranton scored the first seven points of the second half to jump in front 37-35 with 17:11 to play in the game, but Woerner's basket a minute later knotted things at 37.

The score remained tight over the course of the next several minutes, before Scranton opened up a five-point advantage with 5:23 on the clock.

Ferri answered down the other end from downtown to pull CUA within 56-54, but Katherine Torto got free for a layup to up the Royals lead to four.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Torto and Christina Hiltunen gave the home team an eight-point advantage with only 1:41 to go, and after Lindsay Fluehr sank a pair of free throws, the Royals were in front by nine.

CUA got to within five on Jenny McGann's layup with 21 ticks to play, but that wound up being the Cardinals final points of the day.

Woerner scored her 17 points on 7 of 18 shooting, while Ferri added 14 points, including four 3-pointers.  Kelli Josephsen finished with nine points and eight rebounds, and she shared the team lead in assists with Karlyn Dixon (three).

CUA shot just 32% from the floor and 29% from downtown, but the Cardinals did register ten steals and forced Scranton into 20 turnovers.

The Royals were led by Erin Boggan's double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Hiltunen (15), Torto (11) and Jaques (11) joined her in double figures.

Scranton shot 39% from the field and outrebounded CUA 44-39.

The Cardinals will return to action on Friday, January 13 when they play host to Susquehanna inside the DuFour Center.  Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

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