Strong team effort helps No. 21 CUA grind out 60-52 win in title game

WASHINGTON – Looking to remain unbeaten this season, No. 21 CUA shook off a tough shooting performance to down William Paterson 60-52 in the championship of the CUA Courtyard US Capital Holiday Tournament on Monday afternoon.  The Cardinals improve to 11-0 with the victory, after receiving 15 points and seven rebounds from tournament MVP Kelli Josephsen and 8 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals from Emily Grabiak.

Both teams struggled to find their shooting after playing their second game in as many days.  CUA connected on only 28% from the floor, while the Pioneers hit on just 26%.  The game was tight throughout, with seven lead changes and two ties.

A jumper by William Paterson's Dana Jeter 4:23 into the game put the visitors on top 12-7, but CUA scored 9 of the next 11 points, capped by Karlyn Dixon's 3-pointer, to grab its first lead of the day, 16-14.

Floriana Borova's jumper with 4:50 remaining in the half gave William Paterson a one-point advantage, but Josephsen answered down the other end to give the lead back to the Cardinals.

A 3-pointer by Josephsen in the final 10 seconds then sent CUA into halftime with its largest lead up to that point, 26-20.

A layup by Josephine Migash early in the second gave CUA a double-digit lead, but the Pioneers were able to cut it to a six-point game with 15:30 remaining.

Two free throws by Jenny McGann again pushed the lead up to 10, before William Paterson responded by scoring 14 of the next 15 points to surge in front 41-38 with 8:30 on the clock.

Two minutes later, Josephsen tied things at 44 with 6:26 remaining, and Grabiak's basket two minutes after that put the Cards on top 46-44.

After a Migash layup pushed the lead up to four, Borova splashed a three down the other end to pull the Pioneers within one with 2:41 left to play.

From that point forward, CUA got the job done at the free throw line, sinking 12 of 12 attempts in the final 2:30 to seal the win and move to 11-0.

Josephsen sank 5 of 11 shots from the floor and all four of her free throw attempts to finish with 15 points.  That came on the heels of a 14-point, 14-rebound performance in Sunday's semifinal win over Pitt-Greensburg.

Woerner joined Josephsen in double figures with 14 points, while Migash finished with 11. 

Jeter led the visitors with 16 points and 11 boards, while Borova scored 15, but she connected on only 6 of 24 shots.

In Monday's consolation game, Oswego defeated Pitt-Greensburg by a score of 63-51 in overtime.

CUA is now off until Saturday, January 5 when the Cardinals welcome Merchant Marine Academy to the DuFour Center for a Landmark Conference contest.  Start time is set for 4 p.m.

2012 CUA Courtyard US Capital Holiday Tournament All-Tournament Team
Kelli Josephsen, CUA (MVP)
Josephine Migash, CUA

Dana Jeter, William Paterson
Ashley Marfo, William Paterson
Morgan Biddle, Pitt-Greensburg
Kari Kipper, Oswego

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