WASHINGTON – Trailing Juniata 52-50 with 8:51 to play, No. 13/17 CUA (14-0, 3-0) unleashed a 12-0 run to surge in front 62-52 and the Cardinals held on from there for a 70-64 win on Wednesday evening. Junior Emily Grabiak had a terrific all-around game with 17 points, 11 assists and 7 rebounds, while seniors Kelli Josephsen (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Katarina Owunna (10 points, 11 rebounds) both finished with double-doubles.
Kate McDonald's layup with just less than nine minutes to play gave the Eagles a 52-50 advantage, but Josephsen sank a jumper down the other end to tie the game.
The Cardinals then added 10 more points in a row, capped by a Jenny McGann free throw to go in front 62-52 with 3:55 on the clock.
Juniata continued to hang around, pulling to within six on Jordan Hileman's 3-pointer with 1:37 on the clock.
The teams then traded possessions before Grabiak was fouled with under a minute remaining and sank a pair at the line to make it an eight-point lead.
Jordan Speck's layup brought the Eagles to within six once again, but Grabiak made three more free throws in the final 32 seconds to lift CUA to its 14th consecutive win.
CUA made its living on the backboards, outrebounding the Eagles 54-34. Woerner was the fourth Cardinal in double figure points with 16, while Grabiak led the way with three steals. With her 16 points, Woerner moves into fifth in CUA history with 1,309 career points.
Speck and McDonald led the visitors with 17 points apiece, while McDonald and Hileman led the way with five assists. Juniata shot just 38-percent from the field, but the Eagles did hand out 22 assists on 25 made field goals.
Back-to-back baskets by Owunna and Josephsen early in the game put CUA in front 13-6, before the teams went over two minutes without scoring a point.
Juniata finally put an end to the scoreless streak and after Paige Dennison sank a 3-pointer with 10:54 on the clock, it was a three-point game.
The Cardinals responded with the next three baskets, including Josephsen's jumper at the 8:01 mark to put CUA in front 19-10.
The Eagles pulled to within two on Natalie Glinsky's basket with 6:49 remaining, and they were down just two once again after a Speck trifecta three minutes later.
A jumper by McDonald and a Dennison 3-pointer in the final minute brought Juniata to within 30-29, and Kelsey Livoti's three from 30-feet out just before the buzzer gave the Eagles a 33-32 halftime lead.
CUA now hits the road for a 2 p.m. showdown against Moravian on Saturday afternoon in Pennsylvania. Links for live video and stats can be found here.
The Cardinals and Greyhounds are the only two teams in the Landmark Conference without a conference loss.