CUA back in the top 10 of poll

CUA back in the top 10 of poll

WASHINGTON – CUA is back in the top 10 of the Top 25 poll, announced on Monday.  The Cardinals, winners of seven straight, are No. 8 this week, after capturing two more conference victories last week.  CUA is alone in first place in the Landmark Conference at 9-1, and a perfect 11-0 at home this season.

CUA began last week with a 62-53 win over Juniata on January 30.  The Cardinals exacted revenge on the Eagles, who handed CUA its lone conference loss of the season earlier in the month.  An 18-point lead had dwindled to four, before CUA closed the game on a 9-4 run.

On Saturday, February 2, Landmark Conference Player of the Week Shawn Holmes dropped 24 points, including a 10 of 10 showing at the free throw line, to lift the Cards to an 84-73 victory vs. Drew.  Nate Koenig also had a big night, scoring a season-high 17 points and pulling down 10 rebounds for his first career double-double.

In the latest NCAA statistical rankings, released on Monday, CUA is ranked 2nd in the nation in turnover ratio (1.61) and fewest turnovers per game (9.7), 5th in scoring defense (56.4), 9th in scoring margin (15.4) and win percentage (90.5), 14th in field goal percentage defense (38.1) and 15th in turnover margin (5.4).

No. 8 CUA begins a three-game roadtrip on Wednesday evening when the Cardinals head to Selinsgrove, Pa. to face the Susquehanna Crusaders.  Start time is set for 7:30 p.m.