Cardinals wrap up opening weekend 2-0 after downing Va. Wesleyan

Cardinals wrap up opening weekend 2-0 after downing Va. Wesleyan

ASHLAND, Va. – CUA had another strong defensive performance on Saturday, holding Virginia Wesleyan to 54 points on 27% shooting in a 68-54 win.  The Cardinals wrap up action at the Randolph-Macon Tip-off Tournament at 2-0 after receiving a game-high 21 points from senior Jill Woerner.

With 5:16 to play before halftime the teams were tied at 27, but CUA closed the half on a 15-5 run, including a 3-pointer from Kelli Josephsen with 1:25 remaining, to storm into halftime leading 42-32.

The Cardinals remained hot after intermission, scoring the first six to go in front by 16, but the Marlins were able to cut it to an 11-point game minutes later.

CUA began to pull away, going on top by 17 on Emily Grabiak's layup with 13:57 to play.  The lead then reached 20 when Karlyn Dixon sank a foul shot with 11:11 left on the clock.

Virginia Wesleyan refused to go away, pulling to within seven with 2:47 remaining, but CUA went 7 for 8 at the free throw line in the final 1:06 to earn its second straight win.

Woerner shot 7 of 15 from the floor, and 2 of 3 from downtown, for her 21 points.  Josephsen finished with 13, and Katarina Owunna was the team's leading rebounder with nine.

Woerner and Josephsen were both named to the All-Tournament Team for their performance.

Rachael Miller led Virginia Wesleyan with 14 points on 5 of 8 shooting, and Sarah Seipp added 12 points and four steals.

The Cardinals open their home schedule on Tuesday evening when they play host to Marymount. Tip time is set for 5 p.m. from the DuFour Center.

Photography by Keith Lucas