Woerner named Player of the Year; three named All-Conference
WASHINGTON – The Landmark Conference announced its All-Conference Teams on Tuesday and three members of the two-time champion Cardinals were honored, including Player of the Year Jill Woerner. Woerner, now a three-time First Team selection, was joined on the First Team by classmate Katarina Owunna and junior Emily Grabiak.
Woerner becomes CUA's first Landmark Conference Player of the Year. The second leading scorer in school history, Woerner currently has 1,519 career points. She is averaging a conference-high 16.9 points per game, in addition to 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals, 2.3 assists and 1.3 blocks.
A native of Providence, Woerner is ranked in the top-10 of six statistical categories within the conference. She has scored in double figures 26 times in 2012-13, including a career-high 29 points in a win over Eureka on December 19.
Woerner has also totaled four double-doubles, which includes a season-high 12 boards in a win over William Paterson on December 31.
Owunna earns her second All-Conference nod and first on the First Team after ranking among the league leaders in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and blocked shots. She is currently averaging 11.3 points on 45 percent shooting, 8.9 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game.
The Pittsburgh native has totaled seven double-doubles this season and pulled down double digit rebounds 10 times, with a season-high of 15 coming against Scranton. Owunna dropped a season-high 21 points on Randolph-Macon in the opener and has hit for double-digits 17 times.
Like Owunna, Grabiak earns her second consecutive All-Conference nod and first to the First Team. Hailing from New Jersey, Grabiak averages 9.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.6 steals. She turned in a career high 22-point performance on February 23 to lead CUA past Scranton for the Cards' second consecutive Landmark Conference championship. For her efforts, Grabiak was named the conference's Player of the Week.
Grabiak has scored in double figures 11 times, pulled down double-digit rebounds twice and handed out 10 or more assists four times, including a career-high 12 in an overtime win against Moravian on February 23. Grabiak currently leads the country in assist-to-turnover ratio, and ranks 11th in the nation in assists.
On Monday, CUA learned that it moved up to No. 9 in this week's D3Hoops.com Top 25 poll, and on Tuesday, the Cards moved up to No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches poll.
No. 8/9 CUA, which has won a school record 26 games this season, will return to action on Friday evening when the Cardinals play host to Cabrini College in a NCAA Tournament 1st Round game at 7:30 p.m.
FDU-Florham and Widener meet at 5:30 the same night, with the two winners meeting on Saturday in the 2nd Round at 5. The winner of that contest earns a spot in this year's Sweet 16.