No. 21 Cardinals move into championship with 76-58 win over Bobcats

No. 21 Cardinals move into championship with 76-58 win over Bobcats

WASHINGTON – Freshman Josephine Migash netted a career-high 19 points, while Kelli Josephsen notched a double-double with 14 points and 14 boards to help lead No. 21 CUA to a 76-58 win over Pitt-Greensburg on Sunday in the semifinals of the CUA Courtyard US Capital Holiday Tournament.  The Cards outrebounded the Bobcats 48-24 and forced 23 turnovers to improve to 10-0 following the win.

CUA jumped out to an early 9-2 lead in this one, and extended to a 15-4 lead on Josephsen's jumper with 13:54 left to play in the opening half.

Back-to-back baskets by Pitt-Greensburg pulled the Bobcats to within eight with 10:22 on the clock, but CUA scored three straight to open up an 11-point advantage.

A 3-pointer by Jill Woerner with 5:15 remaining pushed the lead up to 14, and an Emily Grabiak jumper one minute later made it a 15-point spread.

Rachel Ferri got into the act with a three at the 1:52 mark to give the Cardinals a 40-22 lead, but Pitt-Greensburg scored the final five points of the half to make it a 40-27 game at halftime.

The Bobcats got to within nine with 17:25 to play on Chianti Sivek's basket, but Josephsen answered with a basket down the other end to put the Cards back on top by double digits.

The back-and-forth continued when Courtney DiBridge sank a 3-pointer with 14:11 to play to cut CUA's lead to 47-40, but three straight points by CUA upped the lead to 10.

Josephsen's basket with 10:27 on the clock made it a 13-point game, and CUA was able to maintain a double-digit lead from there.

Two free throws by Migash with 3:17 to play upped the lead to 16, and Josephsen's layup a little over a minute later made it an 18-point game and all but sealed the win.

Along with Migash and Josephsen, Woerner also scored in double digits, hitting for 18 points.  Grabiak dished out five assists, while Jenny McGann recorded four of the Cardinals' 11 steals.

Silvek scored 22 points for the Bobcats, which came on 7 of 9 shooting, while Morgan Biddle added 15 points.

CUA now moves on to face William Paterson on Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. in the championship game.  The Pioneers breezed past Oswego State 70-41 in the second semifinal, behind 22 points from Dana Jeter.