CUA races past Merchant Marine 64-38 on the road
KINGS POINT, N.Y. – The Cardinals sprinted out to a 33-19 halftime lead over Merchant Marine Academy on Friday evening and CUA never let up on its way to a 64-38 victory. Emily Grabiak and Rachel Ferri scored 11 points apiece for CUA, while Kelli Josephsen scored eight and pulled down nine rebounds.
With USMMA leading 7-6 with 15:36 to play in the opening half, CUA went on an 8-0 run that included back-to-back 3-pointers by Ferri to propel the Cardinals into the lead, 14-7.
Jackie Waldron's layup and Jenny McGann's basket then gave CUA an 11-point lead with 10:32 to play before the half.
The lead reached 11 again on Holly Janicki's 3-pointer at the 8:16 mark, but Merchant Marine Academy hung around, and got within seven on Demi VanDerwal's bucket with 5:40 on the clock.
CUA then outscored the Mariners 8-1 the remainder of the way to take a 14-point advantage into the locker room.
The lead reached 18 in the second half on Grabiak's shot from downtown with 15:15 to play, and after Claire McEvily splashed a jumper three minutes later, CUA was in front by 21.
Katarina Owunna's basket with 9:38 to play made the spread 24 points, and McGann's bucket with 5:18 remaining pushed the lead to 25.
Karlyn Dixon's jumper in the final minute then set the final margin at 26 points.
CUA's defense was outstanding all game long, holding the home team to 23% shooting overall and 20% from beyond the three-point line. 11 different Cardinals scored and CUA handed out an impressive 18 assists on 24 field goals.
Merchant Marine turned the ball over 24 times, and Tamara Kaileh was the lone Mariner in double figures with 13 points.
CUA closes out its weekend with a 4 p.m. tip at Drew on Saturday afternoon.
Photography by Marcello Cutti, Jr.