WASHINGTON – Leading for the final 38:22 on Tuesday evening, CUA opened its home schedule with a 72-59 victory over Marymount inside the DuFour Center. Senior Jill Woerner netted a game-high 23 points for the Cardinals, while three other Cards scored 10 points. CUA remains unbeaten at 3-0 following the win, while the Saints fall to 1-2.
CUA came out strong from the start, jumping out to an 11-4 lead in the first four minutes.
A jumper by Woerner at the 11:01 mark extended the Cards lead to 10, and after the captain drained another jumper three minutes later, the lead was up to 14.
Woerner continued her torrid play with a 3-pointer with 5:26 to play before the half to give CUA a commanding 35-18 advantage.
A three-point play by freshman Josephine Migash then pushed the lead to 22, CUA's biggest of the half, with 4:23 to play before intermission.
Marymount was able to score the final three points of the half to make it a 49-30 CUA lead at the break.
A Katelyn Fischer jumper with 17:06 remaining in the game brought the Saints to within 14, and after she got inside for another bucket with 13:57 on the clock, CUA's lead was down to 12.
Five straight points by Woerner with a little over seven minutes to play extended the lead back up to 16, and after Jenny McGann sank a jumper in the paint, the Cards were on top 66-48.
CUA once again had terrific balance on offense, with Woerner sinking 9 of 20 shots for her 23 points, and Kelli Josephsen, McGann and Emily Grabiak each added 10 points.
Grabiak also handed out five assists, while Katarina Owunna pulled down 11 of CUA's 39 rebounds. The Cardinals shot 70% at the free throw line and forced 18 Marymount turnovers, converting them into 25 points.
Fischer led the visitors with 19 points on 7 of 15 shooting, to go along with nine assists, while Tynisha Parks hit for 17 points and seven boards. The Saints shot 40% from the field but went 0 for 7 from downtown.
CUA is now off for the Thanksgiving holiday before returning to action on Monday, November 26 when the Cardinals play host to Bridgewater. Start time is set for 7 p.m.