November 22, 2009

Peterson's Clutch Three Seals 61-58 Win Over Rutgers-Newark

Peterson's Clutch Three Seals 61-58 Win Over Rutgers-Newark

11/22/09

ARLINGTON, Va.--
Including a clutch triple with 0:06 on the clock, Brianna Peterson led CUA (3-2) with 15 points and five helpers as the Cardinals dropped Rutgers-Newark 61-58 and earned fourth place in the Marymount-Marines Tipoff Tournament on Sunday.

Jenny McGann also had 15 points in the game while Jill Woerner added 10. On the boards the Cardinals were led by Katarina Owunna with nine boards while Peterson, Woerner, and Kate Priftis each grabbed five.

Rutgers-Newark had three players in double figures in scoring but with 14 points and seven rebounds, Courtney Vacca led the Scarlet Raiders in the loss.

CUA took an early lead, but with just over 11 minutes remaining in the first half Rutgers-Newark tied the game and then took a three point lead with a triple by Martyna Ruminska. The Scarlet Raiders held the lead throughout the first half holding a 9-point advantage heading into the break.

In the second half Rutgers-Newark tried to hold off the charging Cardinals and did so successfully until the just beyond the 10 minute mark.  With 10:02 left Kate Robinson hit a layup from Kate Priftis to take a single-point lead.

The Cardinals did not surrender the lead but solid shooting down the stretch put the Scarlet Raiders within two with 1:29 remaining and a layup only seconds later knotted the game at 58 with 00:53 showing on the clock.

Brianna Peterson took a Priftis pass with 00:06 remaining and put the game away for the Cards.  A triple attempt by Rutgers-Newark fell innocently to the floor as time expired and CUA walked away in fourth place in the eight-team tournament.

CUA shot 25-50 (50.0%) from the field in the contest including 6-16 (37.5%) from three-point land.  The Cardinals also grabbed 31 defensive boards and 37 boards overall to out rebound the Scarlet Raiders 37-35. 

Brianna Peterson was named to the all-tournament team for her outstanding offensive efforts this weekend.  

CUA will return to action on Sunday, November 29 at 4 p.m. as the Cardinals will travel to Keystone. The Cards will return home on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. against Washington Adventist before opening the 2009-10 Landmark Conference schedule at the DuFour Center against Goucher on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m.

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