November 26, 2012

Cardinals hold off Bridgewater in sluggish affair to remain unbeaten

WASHINGTON – It certainly was not the prettiest game CUA will play this season, but the Cardinals were able to hold off Bridgewater 46-41 on Monday and remain unbeaten on the season.  The teams combined for 53 turnovers and neither shot over 25% from the field, but CUA did just enough to move to 4-0 on the year, while the Eagles drop to 0-3. With the win, CUA Head Coach Matt Donohue ties Maggie Lonergan for the most wins in program history with 69.

Lonergan totaled her 69 victories from 2001-05.

CUA shot just 18 of 71 from the floor on the night (25.4%), while the Eagles were 14 of 66 (21.2%).  The teams combined to shoot 5 of 28 from 3-point range (17.8%), and CUA even struggled from the foul line, hitting just 8 of 18 attempts.

The Cardinals jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and looked as though they may cruise to victory, but Bridgewater hung tough all night and made things very interesting.

A 3-pointer by Holly Morgan with 12:42 to play before halftime brought the Eagles to within 10-7, and after Morgan got inside for a bucket with 10:38 on the clock, CUA's lead was down to just two.

Jessi Strom's jumper for Bridgewater with 7:37 to play in the first half tied the game at 16, but CUA answered with the next four points to go in front 20-16.

Following a Bridgewater basket late in the half, CUA ran off five straight, capped by a three-point play by Jill Woerner with 15 seconds on the clock to go in front by seven, but Cassidy Burkholder splashed a jumper for the visitors just before intermission to make it a five-point spread at the break.

A layup by Woerner early in the second extended the Cardinals lead to nine, but Bridgewater continued to hang around and pulled even at 33 on Strom's bucket with 15 minutes to play.

A trifecta by Berlyn Seitz with 10:27 on the clock gave the visitors their first lead of the game at 36-35, but Katarina Owunna answered for CUA down the other end to put the Cards back in front.

With less than six minutes remaining, Morgan drilled a three to give the Eagles their largest lead of the night at 41-37, but CUA scored the next four, capped by Woerner's bucket with 2:39 on the clock to knot the score at 41.

Kelli Josephsen then banked in a 3-pointer with 1:16 to play, as CUA went in front and never trailed again. 

Woerner led CUA with 13 points on the night, while Josephsen added 10.  Owunna ripped down a team-high 11 boards, and Woerner shared the team lead in assists with Emily Grabiak (four).

Bridgewater was led in scoring by Morgan and Jessica Mullen with 12 apiece, while Shannan Thorne finished with a game-high 14 rebounds.

CUA will be back at home on Wednesday evening when the Cardinals play host to Salisbury in the first game of a doubleheader.  Tip time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., with the CUA men facing Frostburg State in the nightcap at 7:30.

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