February 8, 2013

Saturday night trip takes No. 13 Cardinals to Scranton

WASHINGTON - After pulling out a 54-53 win over Susquehanna on Wednesday, No. 13 CUA takes to the road Saturday evening for a game at the Scranton Royals. Wednesday's win pulled the Cardinals into a first place tie with Moravian in the Landmark Conference, with only three regular season games remaining.  CUA struggled with its shooting against the Crusaders, hitting only 31.8 percent from the field, but the Cardinals won the rebound battle 44-39 and owned a commanding 20-2 advantage in second chance points.

At 11.7 per game, CUA leads the Landmark Conference in steals. The Cards have totaled 10 or more steals 16 times this season, with a high of 18 twice. Individually, Jill Woerner (2.8), Emily Grabiak (2.6) and Jenny McGann (1.8) rank in the top 10 in the conference.

Seniors Jill Woerner (17.1) and Katarina Owunna (11.5) average 28.6 points per game between them.  That number ranks the CUA pair second in the Landmark Conference behind Scranton's Meredith Mesaris (18.2) and Erin Boggan (11.7), who average a combined 29.9.

CUA ranks first in the Landmark Conference and 15th in the nation in field goal percentage defense (31.5).  The Cardinals have held 13 teams to below 35% from the floor this season.

Scranton looks for its fifth straight win on Saturday after earning a 72-64 victory vs. Drew on Wednesday. The Royals placed four players in double figures, led by Mesaris' 20 points, and sank 25 of 29 free throws (86.2 percent) in the win.

Scranton is an impressive 9-1 at home this season, including a 5-0 mark vs. conference opponents. CUA has not beaten the Royals in Scranton during the regular season since joining the Landmark Conference, but the Cardinals did earn a 47-40 win inside the Long Center in last year's playoffs, en route to capturing the conference title.

When CUA and Scranton met on January 19 in Washington, the Cardinals held the Royals to only 50 points on 28.8 percent shooting. Three Cards scored in double figures, led by Owunna with 17 points and 15 rebounds, including nine on the offensive end. The 16-point win was CUA's largest margin of victory ever vs. the Royals.

Click here for more information on Saturday's tilt in Scranton.

Start time on Saturday is slated for 5 p.m. Click here for links to live video and stats.

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