Owunna's double-double leads CUA past Giants in home opener

WASHINGTON – CUA opened its home schedule with a 72-61 win over Keystone College on Tuesday evening inside the DuFour Center Gymnasium.  Katarina Owunna posted a double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds, while Jenny McGann added 18 points for the Cardinals as they improve to 2-1 with the win.

Bolstered by a 58-percent shooting performance in the second half, CUA finished shooting 46-percent from the floor, including 42-percent from three.  The Cardinals absolutely owned the backboards, as they outrebounded their opponent 50-22 with Jill Woerner pulling down eight.  Both teams struggled with turnovers, as they combined for 63 in the game, with CUA totaling 37 and Keystone registering 26.

Three Giants hit for double figures with Melinda Moore leading the way with 22 points, while Tiana Cuttino scored 11 and Ellen Fallon added 10.  Cuttino also led the visitors with nine rebounds and she had two of the team's 12 steals.

CUA led 7-0 just four minutes into the game and following a Owunna layup one minute later, the Cardinals lead was up to nine at 11-2.

A Mary McGann three at the 13:43 mark put CUA up 10 at 14-4, and Owunna's jumper four minutes later again made it a ten-point game, 17-7.

From that point, CUA saw Keystone creep back into it, closing to within 18-15 with 4:53 to play in the half.  The Cardinals answered with five straight though to take a 23-15 lead with 3:33 on the clock. 

Holly Janicki's layup with only 1:07 to go put the Cardinals in front 27-16, and her three-pointer with under a minute to play again made it an 11-point game.  Sarah Barreto's free throw with 16 ticks remaining made the halftime margin 30-20 in favor of CUA.

CUA went right into Owunna on its first possession of the second half, and she responded with an old-fashioned three-point play to put the Cardinals in front by 13, 33-20.

The Giants were able to keep things close for the next several minutes though, getting to within eight on a Cuttino bucket at the 17:09 mark.  CUA answered with 12 of the next 14 points, capped by back-to-back baskets by Jenny McGann, and with 14:27 remaining, the Cardinals were comfortably on top, 47-29.

CUA's lead grew to 24 on Margaret Riordan's layup at the 9:10 mark, but the Giants once again fought back and got to within seven with 3:51 to play.  The Cardinals simply had too much on this night and following a 6-0 run their 13-point lead proved too much for Keystone to overcome.

CUA will be back in action on Tuesday, November 30 when the Cardinals travel to take on St. Mary's for a 7:00 tip.

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