CUA up to 12th in USA Today poll, begins final week of regular season

CUA up to 12th in USA Today poll, begins final week of regular season

WASHINGTON - The final week of the regular season begins Wednesday night when No. 12/13 CUA welcomes Goucher to the DuFour Center. The Cardinals are riding an eight-game win streak after picking up an impressive 69-52 win at Scranton over the weekend. Junior Emily Grabiak did a little bit of everything in the win, totaling 17 points, eight assists, five rebounds, four steals and just one turnover in 29 minutes, while Jenny McGann added 15 points on 7 of 13 shooting. CUA enters this week tied for first place in the Landmark Conference along with Moravian, who the Cardinals host on Saturday.

On Tuesday, CUA learned that it has moved up to No. 12 in the USA Today Top 25 Coaches poll. The Cardinals are nationally ranked in two polls, checking in at No. 13 in the poll.

Wednesday is CUA's Play 4Kay night as the Cardinals join the fight against breast cancer. The Play 4Kay initiative is an opportunity for a nation of coaches to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Play 4Kay is named in honor of the late Kay Yow, who coached at North Carolina State University from 1975 to 2009 and battled breast cancer beginning in 1987.

CUA puts its 15-game home win streak on the line Wednesday. The Cardinals are a perfect 10-0 inside the DuFour Center this season, having outscored opponents by an average of 15 points per game. CUA is also holding its opponents to 32.1 percent shooting from the floor and 21.3 percent from 3-point range at home in 2012-13.

Emily Grabiak continues to climb CUA’s single season assist chart. The New Jersey native enters this week with 123 helpers this season, tied for the third most in a single season. Grabiak leads the Landmark Conference and ranks 14th nationally in assists per game (5.3) and she also leads the conference and ranks 3rd nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.73).

Senior Jenny McGann is playing some of the best basketball of her career of late. The Pennsylvania native is averaging 14 points per game in her last four, including a career-high 22-point performance at Juniata on January 30. McGann enters this week with 943 career tallies.

CUA’s win on Saturday gives the Cardinals 22 overall victories and 11 within the Landmark Conference this season. Both of those marks tie the school record for wins in a season, which CUA set just last season.

Three Cardinals rank in the top 10 in the Landmark Conference in field goal percentage. Kelli Josephsen is 2nd (46.7), Katarina Owunna is 3rd (45.8) and Jill Woerner is 7th (43.2).  CUA ranks 3rd in the conference as a team in field goal percentage (38.4).

Goucher enters the final week of its season looking to finish on a high note. The Gophers have lost eight of nine and two straight, including a 67-49 setback at Drew over the weekend. Goucher ranks last in the Landmark Conference in scoring offense (51.2) and second to last in scoring defense (61.3).

Sharnell Huff leads the squad in scoring at 11.3 points per game, while Taquasia Lambert is the leading rebounder (6.8). Goucher has dropped five straight to CUA, with the Gophers last win coming on February 20, 2010.

Check out the CUA game notes for more information on Wednesday’s game.

CUA and Goucher get things started at 7 p.m. from inside the DuFour Center. Click here for links to live video and stats.