No. 9/10 Cardinals seek second straight conference title on Saturday

WASHINGTON - The CUA women’s basketball team, ranked in the top 10 of two national polls, seeks its second straight Landmark Conference championship Saturday when the Cardinals face Scranton in the title game. CUA downed Juniata on Wednesday in the semifinals, 72-59, behind Katarina Owunna’s seventh double-double of the season, as the Cards ran their home win streak to 18 straight. Jill Woerner and Emily Grabiak joined Owunna in double-digits, with Woerner going over the 1,500-point mark for her career.

The Cardinals have registered 18 blocks in the last two games, including a season-high 10 in the win over Moravian on February 16. CUA ranks second in the Landmark in blocks (5.0/game), with Owunna (2.0) and Woerner (1.2) sitting in the top 10 individually.

With 303 career assists, Grabiak is tied for fifth in school history. The New Jersey native leads the Landmark Conference in assists (5.5) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.8). Grabiak has totaled 44 assists in her last six games (7.3), including two games with double-digits.

Owunna has produced three straight double-doubles, including 16 points and 11 boards in Wednesday’s semifinal. Owunna, with seven double-doubles on the season, is averaging 12 points, 12 rebounds and 3.3 blocks in her last three games.

CUA puts its 18-game home win streak on the line this weekend. The Cardinals are a perfect 13-0 at home this season, having outscored opponents by an average of 14.2 points per game. CUA is also holding its opponents to 32% shooting from the floor and 19.9% from 3-point range at home.

Freshman Jayni Webster has had a big impact for CUA off the bench of late. The first year guard is averaging 4.8 points on 53 percent shooting in her last four games, including a season-high 8 points on Wednesday.

Cardinals Head Coach Matt Donohue will be coaching in his ninth postseason game at CUA on Saturday. He is 5-3 thus far, with three of those wins coming in the Landmark Conference Tournament.

Winners of three straight, Scranton arrives in Washington following a thrilling one-point win over Moravian in Wednesday’s tournament semifinals. Erin Boggan sank a jumper with five seconds remaining to lift the Royals past the Greyhounds and send them to their fifth conference title game in the last six seasons.

Meredith Mesaris leads the team in scoring at 17.2 points per game, while Bogan is the leading rebounder (7.5). Scranton leads the Landmark Conference in free throw percentage (77%).

For more information on Saturday’s championship, check out the CUA game notes.

CUA and Scranton tip things off at 3 p.m. It will be the first of two Landmark Conference championship games at CUA on Saturday. The Cardinal men face Juniata at 6 with a spot in the NCAA Tournament on the line.

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