CUA races past TCNJ 59-37 for 14th win

WASHINGTON – Behind a strong defensive effort and a very quick start, CUA downed TCNJ 59-37 on Tuesday evening inside the DuFour Center.  The Cardinals held the Lions to 24% shooting and sprinted out to a 33-11 halftime lead en route to their 14th win of the season.  TCNJ falls to 13-7 following the setback.

CUA wasted little time in taking control of this one, racing out to a 12-4 lead in the first five minutes. 

One minute later, Holly Janicki's 3-pointer extended the lead to 15-4, but TCNJ's Kelly Coughlin sank two free throws to bring the Lions within nine.

An Emily Grabiak trifecta at the 9:35 mark began a 12-0 run by the Cardinals that ended with Claire McEvily's layup as CUA opened up a commanding 29-8 lead.

Rachel Ferri's jumper with just over a minute to play put CUA in front 31-11 and Liz Briones' basket right before the halftime buzzer sent the Cardinals into the locker room with a 22-point cushion.

CUA began the second half much the same way it began the first, reeling off the first 10 points to extend to a 32-point lead with 17:35 left in the game.

The lead reached 34 on Katarina Owunna's basket at the 13:32 mark, but TCNJ ran off 11 straight to get within 50-27 with 10:29 remaining.

Back-to-back baskets by Jenny McGann and Kelli Josephsen pushed the lead back to 27 with 8:11 to play though, and after Karlyn Dixon splashed a 3-pointer at the 4:23 mark CUA was on top by 29.

Owunna led the way offensively for CUA, scoring 15 points on 6 of 10 shooting, and she also ripped down nine rebounds.  Grabiak scored 10 points, and McGann and Jill Woerner finished with eight apiece.

The Cardinals held a 47-32 advantage on the backboards with Josephsen pulling down seven, and McGann finished as the team leader in assists with five. 

Kelly Coughlin tossed in a team-high nine points for the visitors, but TCNJ shot just 18% in the first half and 27% in the second half.

CUA will be back in action on Friday evening when the Cardinals play host to Landmark Conference foe Scranton.  Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. from inside the DuFour Center.

Cardinals Head Coach Matt Donohue discusses the win over TCNJ and looks ahead to Friday's matchup with Scranton down below. Donohue tied Marie Wiles and Jack Sullivan for third all-time in CUA women's basketball history with his 57th win on Tuesday evening.  The all-time leader at CUA is Maggie Lonergan, who won 69 contests between 2001 and 2005.


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