No. 21 CUA closes out Puerto Rico trip with 61-35 win to move to 9-0

No. 21 CUA closes out Puerto Rico trip with 61-35 win to move to 9-0

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – No. 21 CUA closed out its trip to the Caribbean with a 61-35 win over Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras on Thursday afternoon.  The Cardinals, who moved to 9-0 with the victory, received 25 points from their bench and outscored P.R.-Rio Piedras 17-2 in points off turnovers to earn the win.

CUA led 30-18 at halftime despite shooting only 27% in the first 20 minutes.  The Cardinals then turned to their bench to pull away in the second half. 

CUA received a great spark from its non-starters, which consisted of Rachel Ferri (2 rebounds), Carolyn Hildreth (3 points), Josephine Migash (2 points, 3 rebounds), Karlyn Dixon (4 points), Brigid Gannon (6 points, 2 rebounds), Jackie Waldron (2 rebounds, 1 assist), Liz Briones (4 points, 2 rebounds), Jayni Webster (3 points), Kristen Walheim (2 rebounds), Mary Hagaman (2 points, 1 assist), Patrice Ermilio (2 assists, 1 rebound), and Dana Coronato (1 assist).

With that contingent leading the way, CUA opened up a 48-28 lead with seven minutes to play, and then extended to a 54-31 advantage with under four remaining.

Jill Woerner was the team's leading scorer with 16 points on 6 of 9 shooting, while Katarina Owunna added six points, and Kelli Josephsen was the team leader in rebounds with seven.

P.R. Rio-Piedras' bench was assessed a technical foul very early in the game, which sent Emily Grabiak to the free throw line for CUA.  She then proceeded to sink both shots.

CUA is now off for its holiday break.  The Cardinals return to action on Sunday, December 30 when they play host to Pitt-Greensburg in the first round of the CUA Courtyard US Capital Holiday Tournament.  Start time is set for 6 p.m.

William Patterson and SUNY-Oswego square off in the other semifinal with the consolation and championship games scheduled for December 31.