Cardinals take over sole possession of fourth place with win
WASHINGTON – The Cardinals took over sole possession of fourth place in the Landmark Conference standings on Friday with a 74-61 victory over Drew inside the DuFour Center in its Pink Zone Game. After trailing by one at halftime, CUA outscored the Rangers 41-27 in the final 20 minutes. Katarina Owunna and Jill Woerner netted 19 points apiece to lead CUA (15-8).
Drew's Whitney Mackay splashed a 3-pointer with 11:59 remaining in the game to pull the Rangers to within 49-46, but CUA's Liz Briones answered down the other end with a three of her own to extend the Cardinals lead to six.
Back-to-back baskets by Owunna then gave CUA a ten-point cushion with 10:36 to play, but a little over two minutes later the Rangers were within five after a Dana Coronato 3-pointer.
The Cardinals maintained a lead of at least five points for the next several minutes and their defense made sure Drew did not get any closer.
Coming down the stretch CUA did a nice job at the free throw line, sinking 8 of 12 attempts in the final 1:20 to seal the much-needed home victory.
Owunna sank 9 of 12 shots on the night, while Woerner was an even 50 percent at 7 of 14. Briones came off the bench and had a nice game for CUA, sinking two 3-pointers and 5 of 8 shots overall en route to 14 points.
The Cardinals hit 81 percent at the free throw line (17 of 21) and committed only 13 turnovers. Senior Kerri Confrey handed out nine more assists, as she inches towards the single season record at CUA.
Drew placed three players in double figures, including Jessica Reid (13), Victoria Ault (10) and Logan Cavanugh (10), and as a team the Rangers handed out 22 assists on 24 field goals. Drew also pulled down 43 rebounds on the evening, including 18 on the offensive glass, with Cavanaugh totaling 11 caroms.
Woerner's layup with 14:18 on the first half clock put CUA on top 13-4 in the early going. The Cardinals lead then grew to 19-4 following a Briones layup and jumper and Owunna's layup with 12:18 on the clock.
The Rangers slowly chipped away at the lead though, getting to within 21-14 on Jen Mateo's 3-pointer with 9:34 left before halftime. Mateo's free throws less than two minutes later made it a five-point game and after Ault got inside for a layup at the 6:30 mark, CUA was on top by just two.
Cavanaugh then got to the hoop for two more and Drew had tied things up at 25 with 5:53 remaining. Rachel Ferri's three gave the lead back to CUA and the Cardinals remained on top until Ault scored with 1:02 to go, which made it 34-33 in favor of the Rangers. That proved to be the final points of the opening half.
CUA will wrap up its weekend on Saturday afternoon when the Cardinals welcome the Mariners of Merchant Marine Academy to the DuFour Center. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.