Jenny McGann lifts Women's Basketball to 73-71 Win Over
WASHINGTON-- Brianna Peterson dropped 28 points but her most memorable play of the evening was a laser pass inbound from the far baseline that one hopped up into the waiting hands of Jenny McGann. McGann's layup with 4.1 seconds remaining put the Cardinals on top 73-71 over conference rival Juniata.
Peterson shot 9-of-17 from the field and converted 6-of-8 free throws, leading CUA with 28 points. J. McGann and Jill Woerner both finished in double figures with 17 and 11 points, respectively.
Four Eagles finished in double figures for Juniata, led by Kelly Rotan with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
The Cards led early in the first half, breaking out to a five-point lead with 15:46 remaining in the first half, but back-to-back triples by the Eagles put the visitors on top. Juniata led for the remainder of the half expanding its lead to as many as 15 before settling on an eight-point advantage heading into the locker room, 28-36.
CUA ran away with the scoring early in the second half, knotting the game at 36 less then three minutes in. Triples were the answer again for the Eagles as they again hit back-to-back shots and pulled away.
The visitors again expanded their lead to 13 with 11:17 remaining before the Cards began to cut away at the advantage. With solid shooting and defense, CUA again knotted the game, this time at 60 with 5:07 left.
It appeared that CUA would again find themselves trailing after the Eagles hit two triples, but a layup between them and five straight free throws converted by Peterson would put the Cards up three with only 36 seconds remaining.
Juniata answered with a triple to knot the game at 69. Jill Woerner gave the Cards an advantage with a layup with eight seconds left. A foul by Kate Robinson would give Ashton Bankos a chance to tie the game with 4.1 seconds on two free throws. Bankos converted both and the Cards called a timeout to setup their inbound play.
Peterson took the inbound at the baseline and made a pass that one-hopped into Jenny McGann's hands at the opposite foul line. McGann completed the play with just over two seconds remaining and the following inbound pass was intercepted to seal the victory for the Cards.
CUA will return to the hardwood tomorrow afternoon as the Cards will take on Susquehanna University at 2 p.m.