Cards maintain No. 13 ranking in USA Today poll, set to host Crusaders

Cards maintain No. 13 ranking in USA Today poll, set to host Crusaders

WASHINGTON - Winners of 14 straight at home, No. 13 CUA welcomes Susquehanna to the DuFour Center Wednesday evening for a Landmark Conference matchup.  The Cardinals earned their sixth straight win on Saturday, downing Drew 66-48 on the strength of a 20-0 run to begin the game.  Jill Woerner and Katarina Owunna scored 18 points apiece and Woerner added 11 rebounds for a double-double.  That win moved the Cards to within a half game of Moravian in the conference standings with only two weeks remaining in the regular season.

CUA is ranked No. 13 in two national polls, including the poll and the USA Today Coaches poll.  This marks the second straight week in which the Cardinals are 13th in both polls.

Woerner (17.1) and Owunna (11.6) average 28.7 points per game between them.  That number ranks the CUA pair second in the Landmark Conference behind Scranton’s Meredith Mesaris (18.1) and Erin Boggan (11.4), who average a combined 29.5.

Junior Emily Grabiak is 22nd in America and first in the Landmark Conference with 110 assists (5.2/game), including a career high tying 11 in the win over Drew.  The New Jersey native also ranks second in the county in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.82).

CUA notched victory No. 20 last weekend, marking the second straight year the Cardinals have won at least 20 games.  CUA now has four 20-win seasons in its history (2012-13, 2011-12, 2004-05, 2003-04).

In its last five games, CUA has outscored the opposition by a combined count of 171-117 in the 1st half, holding teams to 28.9 percent shooting (41-142) during that time.

At 9-0 inside the DuFour Center this season, CUA enters Wednesday’s contest riding a 14-game win streak at home.  The Cardinals have won their nine home contests this season by an average of 16.6 points, holding teams to 49.2 points on 31.4 percent shooting.

Susquehanna looks to bounce back from an 82-54 setback to Scranton this past weekend.  The Crusaders have dropped five of their last six and enter Wednesday’s game in sixth place in the Landmark Conference standings.

Jonaida Williams (11.4) and Gina Palazzi (11.2) lead the team in scoring, and Palazzi is the leading rebounder (9.3).  Wednesday’s game features the conference’s top scoring defense (CUA - 51.6) and the bottom ranked scoring defense (Susquehanna - 62.4).

For more information on Wednesday’s game, check out the CUA game notes.

Wednesday’s game tips off at 7 p.m. from the DuFour Center.  Links for live video and stats can be found here.