December 12, 2011

Strong defense, rebounding carry CUA past Wesley 69-49

DOVER, Del. – CUA forced Wesley into 30 turnovers and held the Wolverines to 31% shooting in a 69-49 Cardinals victory on Monday.  CUA placed three players in double figures, including Jill Woerner (18), Jenny McGann (13) and Katarina Owunna (12), and earned its seventh straight win.

The game was tight in the early going before CUA opened up a 21-13 lead capped by a McGann layup at the 8:28 mark of the opening half.

Kelli Josephsen's jumper at the 6:37 mark gave the Cardinals a nine-point advantage, while Rachel Ferri's layup two minutes later pushed the lead to double-digits.

An Owunna layup with under two minutes to play in the half put CUA in front 31-20, while Emily Grabiak's basket with 1:16 to go made it a 12-point spread.

Wesley scored five of the final seven points of the half though to trim CUA's halftime lead to nine, 36-27.

The Cardinals jumped all over the Wolverines at the start of the second half, scoring 14 of the first 18 points to open up a comfortable 50-31 lead with 14:09 on the clock.

Holly Janicki's layup at the 9:25 mark gave CUA its first 20-point lead of the night and after Josephsen scored on a fast break layup with 7:54 to play, the Cardinals were in front by 23.

The lead reached 27 on Grabiak's bucket at the 6:50 mark, while Mary Hagaman's 3-pointer with just over two minutes to play put CUA ahead 67-39.

By that point the game was well out of reach, and CUA was on its way to win number-seven.

CUA dominated down low, outscoring the Wolverines 50-20 in the paint and 14-7 on second chance points.  The Cardinals pulled down 54 rebounds, led by Grabiak with 12 and Owunna with nine. 

CUA did a nice job at the free throw line, connecting on 14 of 19 attempts (73%), but the Cardinals struggled with their long range shooting, hitting only 1 of 13 tries.

Wesley was led by Rachelle Allen's 14 points, while Aleisha Hobbs and Heather Fuller pulled down eight boards apiece.

On Saturday, CUA will travel to Stevenson for a 7 p.m. tip.

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