Cardinals close out regular season Saturday on Senior Night
WASHINGTON - After wrapping up its first-ever bid to the Landmark Conference Tournament last weekend, CUA looks to close out its regular season with a win vs. Goucher Saturday on Senior Night. The Cardinals swept past Drew and Merchant Marine Academy at home last weekend, displaying a balanced offense and tight defense in the process.
Three CUA players, including Jill Woerner, Katarina Owunna and Liz Briones netted double figures in the win over the Rangers on February 11, and against the Mariners, the Cardinals held their opposition to 29 percent shooting and forced 34 turnovers. CUA's 16 wins this season are its most since totaling 19 during the 2005-06 campaign.
CUA honors its senior class on Saturday evening, celebrating the careers of Kelly Ryan and Kerri Confrey prior to tip-off. With that pair leading the way, the Cardinals have won 50 games during the last four years and this season, they qualified for the Landmark Conference Tournament for the first time ever. During their career, Ryan and Confrey have combined for 626 points, 308 rebounds and 396 assists.
Confrey enters this weekend only seven assists shy of setting the CUA single season record. With 140 assists this season, the New York native also sits fourth all-time at CUA with 356 career helpers. Confrey currently leads the Landmark Conference and ranks 11th in America with 5.8 assists per game.
When allowing 69 points or fewer this season, CUA is an impressive 15-1. However, when the Cardinals have given up 70 or more points, their record is only 1-7.
In CUA's last five home games, the Cardinals reserves have outscored the opposing bench a combined 93-67, good for an average of 18.6 bench points per game. CUA's bench has scored at least 16 points in each of those contests.
Goucher enters this weekend looking to end its season with a win after the Gophers split a pair of contests at home last weekend. Goucher downed Merchant Marine Academy 56-44 on February 11 to earn its third Landmark Conference victory of the season before falling to Drew 64-38 the very next day.
Sharnell Huff (12.0) and Kiara Doughty (10.3) lead the Gophers in scoring, with Doughty the team leader in rebounding (8.8). Goucher ranks last in the conference in scoring offense (51.7), scoring defense (66.8) and field goal percentage (33.6%). The Gophers have scored more than 60 points just once in a conference game this season.
To learn more about this weekend's game, check out the CUA game notes.
Check out this feature story on CUA senior Kerri Confrey.
Saturday's Senior Night contest will get underway beginning at 5:30 p.m. from inside the DuFour Center. CUA will broadcast the game live on cuacardinals.com.