Two tough matchups await Cardinals on the road
WASHINGTON - The Cardinals travel to Pennsylvania this weekend to take on Moravian and Scranton as CUA looks to maintain its spot in the top-four of the league standings. CUA split its two conference games last weekend, outlasting Susquehanna 65-57 before falling to Juniata.
The Cardinals have enjoyed playing away from home this season, posting a 7-1 record in true road games, including a mark of 3-1 vs. league foes. CUA will look for revenge this weekend after Moravian and Scranton beat the Cardinals at home last month.
The Cardinals have been quite comfortable away from home this season, posting an impressive 7-1 mark on the road. CUA is averaging nearly 72 points per game on the road, which is 11.8 more than the opposition. The Cardinals are also boasting a turnover margin of +7.6 away from home and holding teams to 29 percent shooting from beyond the three-point arc.
Freshman Claire McEvily joined the Cardinals midway through the season and her impact has been felt of late. In her last three games, McEvily is shooting a robust 77 percent from the floor (7-9), to go along with nine rebounds and a pair of blocked shots.
When allowing 69 points or fewer this season, CUA is a perfect 12-0. But when the Cardinals have given up 70 or more points, their record is only 1-7.
CUA has struggled with turnovers recently, averaging 22.8 in its last four games, with a high of 26 vs. Juniata. During that time the Cardinals have a -1.5 turnover margin.
One of the hottest teams in the Landmark Conference, Moravian has won eight straight conference games, including four straight on the road. The Greyhounds took care of Drew and Merchant Marine Academy last weekend, defeating the Rangers by three before blowing out the Mariners the very next day. Amy Heffner leads Moravian in scoring at over 18 per game, while Alexandra Blair's 7.8 rebounds is tops among all Greyhounds. Moravian has shot an incredible 203 more free throws than its opponents.
With victories at Merchant Marine Academy and Drew last weekend, Scranton maintained its share of first place in the conference with Moravian. The Royals have won five straight and will play three of their final five contests at home. Megan Kopecki (13.5) and Jen King (10.2) lead Scranton in scoring, and Kopecki also paces the Royals in rebounding (5.9).
Check out CUA's game notes for more information on this weekend's games.
Friday's game between CUA and Moravian will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. from inside Johnston Hall. On Saturday, the Cardinals and Scranton will get their game going at 2. Moravian will offer live video of Friday's contest, while Scranton will provide live audio and stats.