Women's Basketball Bounces Back, Outlasts Merchant Marine 67-62

Women's Basketball Bounces Back, Outlasts Merchant Marine 67-62

January 30, 2009

WASHINGTON--The CUA women's basketball team survived the three-point shooting barrage of Merchant Marine Academy on their home court Friday night.  The Cardinals walked away with a 67-62 win and an even 4-4 record in the Landmark Conference.

Led by Brianna Peterson (Garnerville, N.Y./North Rockland) who finished with 18 points and seven rebounds, the Cardinals grabbed 21 offensive rebounds resulting in 15 second chance points.  Kerri Confrey (Pearl River, N.Y./Pearl River) finished with 16 points going a perfect six of six from the charity stripe.

The Merchant Marine Academy was led by Hannah Eko who finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds.  Eko's tenacious play combined with the shooting prowess of Brooke Picillo, who shot three of three from three-point range, kept the Mariners in the game.

CUA had only two players in double figures in points, but it was a complete team effort that allowed the Cardinals to take a five point victory to the locker room.  Six players marked at least three rebounds and four of them grabbing at least seven boards.  CUA also grabbed 14 steals and blocked two shots.

Over the first 11 minutes of the game, CUA and the Mariners exchanged baskets with no team taking more than a three point lead until the Cardinals broke out on a five to zero run.  With 8:47 left on the clock the Mariners took a timeout hoping to break the momentum and cut down the lead.

CUA continued to expand its lead to as many as eight points on two occasions with the final lead coming with 2:40 remaining.  Over the last two minutes of the half, the Mariners again unleashed a barrage and tied the game with 22 seconds on the clock and the teams took that tie to the locker room.

In the second half the teams exchanged small leads for much of the half, until broke a 47-47 tie with 9:59 remaining as Kerri Confrey sent it high off the glass and in giving the Cardinals a two point lead and the lead they would never surrender.

The Cardinals built on their lead gaining as much as an eleven point advantage but saw that lead cut in half over the final minutes.  CUA shot eight of ten from the free throw line in the final eight minutes and sustained its lead as the visitors grabbed 11 offensive boards in the same time.  Of those 11 boards seven of them were followed by missed offensive efforts.

CUA held an advantage in both offensive and defensive rebound s throughout the game, but ended with a push for both categories.  The teams statistically were nearly identical with the exceptions of Merchant Marines' .500 (7-14) effort from beyond the three point line, and CUA's advantage of 23 points from the charity stripe.

CUA will return to action tomorrow afternoon as the Cardinals will take on Drew University at 2 p.m. in the first game of a doubleheader that will see the naming of the DuFour Center court in honor of CUA fixture and legend Franny Murray at halftime of the men's basketball game.

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