January 8, 2013

USA Today Coaches Poll ranks CUA 13th this week

WASHINGTON – The wins continue to pile up for the CUA women’s basketball team and as a result, the Cardinals continue their ascent up the national polls.  On Tuesday, CUA learned that it is ranked No. 13 in this week’s USA Today Division III Top 25 Coaches Poll.  The Cardinals have opened the season with 13 consecutive wins, including a 60-52 win over nationally ranked York (Pa.) on Monday.

CUA is nationally ranked in two polls, checking in at No. 17 in the D3Hoops.com Top 25 poll.  The Cardinals are a perfect 6-0 at home thus far, having won four of those games by double-digit margins.

In Monday’s win at York, Emily Grabiak and Jill Woerner led the squad in scoring with 14 and 12 points, respectively.  Woerner is the team’s leading scorer this season, averaging 17.7 points per game, while Grabiak leads the Cards in assists with 61.  Grabiak currently ranks 12th in America in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.26).

As a team, the Cardinals rank sixth in the country in field goal percentage defense (29.7), 15th in 3-point field goal percentage defense (21.5), 16th in rebound margin (+10.9), 29th in scoring margin (+17.3), and 32nd in scoring defense (49.8).

CUA is one of two teams within the Landmark Conference that does not have a conference loss.  The Cardinals will meet that team, Moravian, this weekend in Pennsylvania.

Prior to Saturday's matchup, CUA plays host to conference foe Juniata on Wednesday evening.  Start time from inside the DuFour Center is set for 7 p.m. and all of the action will be shown live on cuacardinals.com.

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