Road trip concludes for No. 18/19 CUA on Wednesday at Susquehanna

Road trip concludes for No. 18/19 CUA on Wednesday at Susquehanna

WASHINGTON - No. 18/19 CUA looks to bounce back from its first loss of the season on Wednesday when the Cardinals head to Pennsylvania to face Susquehanna.  CUA dropped a three-point decision at Moravian over the weekend, in a game in which the Cards shot only 32 percent from the floor.  Jill Woerner did all she could to give CUA a chance, netting 22 points on 10 of 15 shooting, but Alexis Wright posted a double-double to help the Greyhounds hold on.

CUA ranks 12th in the nation in field goal percentage defense, holding teams to 31 percent shooting from the floor.  The Cardinals have held nine teams to 35 percent or lower, and eight teams to less than 30 percent.

Now in her second year at CUA after transferring in, Kelli Josephsen has increased her scoring, rebounding and shooting numbers this season.  Josephsen is averaging 7.3 boards per game, with two games of double-digit caroms.  She has already scored in double figures seven times this season, after doing it nine times all of last season.

CUA lost just one player off of last year’s team, which won its first Landmark Conference title and advanced to its first NCAA Tournament.  The Cardinals starting five in that NCAA Tournament game, Jill Woerner, Jenny McGann, Katarina Owunna, Kelli Josephsen and Emily Grabiak, enter Wednesday’s game having appeared in a combined 384 career games, with 343 starts.

Junior Emily Grabiak is 25th in America and second in the Landmark Conference with 76 assists (5.1/game).  Grabiak has handed out 52 assists in her last nine games, including two games with double digits.

Since starting the season 0-3, Susquehanna has gone 6-6 over its last 12.  The Crusaders dropped their first three Landmark Conference contests, before rebounding with a road win at Merchant Marine Academy over the weekend.

Jonaida Williams (11.4) and Gina Palazzi (11.1) lead the team in scoring, and Palazzi is the leading rebounder (9.0).  The Crusaders rank second in the conference in 3-point shooting (32%), but they allow a league-high 29% shooting from downtown.  Susquehanna has lost four straight to CUA, with its last win coming on January 29, 2010.

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

Wednesday’s game is scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m.  Links for live video and stats can be found here.