No. 13/17 Cardinals suffer first loss at Moravian

No. 13/17 Cardinals suffer first loss at Moravian

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – No. 13/17 CUA suffered its first loss of 2012-13 on Saturday afternoon, falling to Moravian 62-59.  The Cardinals (14-1, 3-1) struggled with their shooting all afternoon, hitting only 28-percent in the first half and 32-percent for the game.  Jill Woerner did all she could for CUA, netting a game-high 22 points on 10 of 15 shooting, while Alexis Wright finished with a double-double for the Greyhounds (14-1, 5-0).

A free throw by Katie O’Rourke with 16:35 to play gave Moravian its largest lead up to that point, but baskets by Kelli Josephsen and Woerner brought CUA to within 38-34.

The Cardinals continued to get closer, pulling to within one after Woerner put in her own miss to cap a personal 5-0 run, but Moravian answered with five straight points of its own, making the score 47-41.

It was then time for CUA to make a run, as the Cards scored five straight, pulling to within one yet again, this time with 9:32 left.

A steal and layup by Woerner with 5:22 on the clock gave CUA its first lead of the second half, before Moravian scored four straight to go in front by three.

Josephsen had an answer though, as she splashed a 3-pointer with 4:08 remaining to tie the score at 55.

Woerner then hit a jumper to put CUA on top by two, but Wright got inside for a layup to tie the game for the fifth time.

The back-and-forth continued with Woerner once again putting the Cardinals in front, but O’Rourke was fouled and sank both free throws for tie number-six.

CUA missed its next two shots and with 18 seconds to play, Alesha Marcks was sent to the free throw line. She hit one of two for Moravian, giving the Cardinals a chance to seize the lead.

CUA wound up turning the ball over and after Alyssa Hann hit two foul shots, the spread was three.

Emily Grabiak took the game’s final shot, but her 3-pointer was off the mark and CUA’s 14-game winning streak came to an end.

CUA led for most of the first half, opening up a 15-10 advantage on Katarina Owunna’s three-point play with 13:20 on the clock.

Danielle Brogan tied the game for Moravian with a 3-pointer with 9:08 left in the half, but Jenny McGann answered with a jumper for CUA to give the Cards a 21-19 lead.

Wright’s layup with 7:23 remaining tied things at 23, and her free throw a little over a minute later gave the Greyhounds a 22-21 lead.

Marchs scored the final points of the half with 1:11 on the clock, sending CUA into the locker room trailing 29-23.

Owunna joined Woerner in double figures for CUA with 10 points, while Josephsen’s nine rebounds led the way.

Wright finished with 16 points and 12 boards for the Greyhounds, and O’Rourke added 10 points.

CUA remains on the road for its next game, traveling to face Susquehanna on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.