January 26, 2011

CUA looks to get back on winning track this weekend at home

WASHINGTON - Following a pair of tough losses last weekend, CUA looks to get back to its winning ways with home games vs. Susquehanna and Juniata. CUA split its matchups with these two teams earlier this month, falling to the Eagles before defeating the Crusaders.  The Cardinals are currently tied with Susquehanna for fourth place in the Landmark Conference standings with identical 4-3 records, while Juniata sits one game ahead at 5-2.

The Cardinals fell to Moravian last time out by a score of 74-70.  CUA erased a 15-point second half deficit and pulled to within one, but that was as close as the Cardinals would get.

When allowing 69 points or fewer this season, CUA is a perfect 9-0.  But when the Cardinals have given up 70 or more points, their record is only 1-6.

Liz Briones (54%) and Jill Woerner (45%) rank one-two in the Landmark Conference in field goal percentage.  Briones has shot 50 percent or better 12 times this season, while Woerner has hit at least half of her attempts in seven games.

Freshman Emily Grabiak was terrific on the glass last weekend, as she piled up 21 rebounds in CUA's two games, including a season-best 12 vs. Moravian.  Grabiak has started the last 7 games, and is averaging 30 minutes, 6.4 points and 7.4 rebounds, while hitting all eight of her free throw attempts, during that time.

With her 93 assists this season, senior Kerri Confrey is currently fourth in CUA history with 309 career helpers.  The New York native is averaging a team and Landmark Conference-high 5.2 per game this season, which ranks 23rd in the country.

After dropping three of its first four Landmark Conference games, Susquehanna rebounded to win both of its contests last weekend, with victories vs. Drew and Merchant Marine Academy.  The Crusaders held both of those opponents to fewer than 60 points and enter this weekend ranked in the top-half of the conference in scoring defense.  Gina Palazzi leads Susquehanna in scoring at 12.9 points per game with Erika Barron right behind at 12.5.  One area in which the Crusaders have struggled this season is at the free throw line, where they are hitting only 59 percent of their attempts.

At 5-2, Juniata sits by itself in third place in the Landmark Conference.  The Eagles have won five of their past six games, including victories over Merchant Marine and Drew last weekend at home.  Juniata leads the conference in rebounding at 43.1 per game with Jen Hnatuck's 8.4 average tops on the team.  Hnatuck also leads the Eagles in scoring at 12.9 points per game and is the lone player in double figures.  Juniata is holding opponents to 29 percent shooting from three-point range and have allowed more than 60 points just once in its last five games.

For more information on this weekend's conference games, check out the CUA game notes.

Friday's game with Susquehanna will get going at 5:30 p.m. from inside the DuFour Center.  On Saturday, CUA and Juniata will tip-off at 2.  CUA will offer live video and stats of both games.  CUA's SAAC program is sponsoring a Blackout on Saturday and fans are encouraged to wear black to the game.

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