Woerner Scores 1000th Career Point against Susquehanna, Cards Fall to #13 Juniata
Erin Alburtus, Staff
February 17, 2012
Filed under Sports
The CUA women’s basketball team suffered a tough loss to the Juniata College Eagles on Friday. The 55-52 Eagles’ victory ended the Cardinals’ seven-game win streak. The next day, Catholic bounced back and defeated the Susquehanna University Crusaders with a score of 74-52. Junior Jill Woerner scored a game-high 18 points, including her 1000th career point.
The Cards took an early 16-7 lead against Juniata, with the first four points coming from Katarina Owunna, followed by three from Holly Janicki in the first six minutes of play. A 14-point lead opened up with baskets from Claire McEvily, Owunna and Woerner with less than 10 minutes in the half.
Juniata and Catholic both went back and forth scoring baskets, and a jumper from Kelli Josephsen sent CUA with an 11-point lead going into the half.
CUA opened the second half strong and gained a 13-point lead with 13 minutes left, but the Eagles came back with an eight-point scoring streak. With less than seven minutes in the first half, the Cards had a five-point lead.
After a three-pointer from Emily Grabiak, Juniata went on an 8-2 run, bringing the difference to two with five minutes left in play. Grabiak responded with another three along with a layup from Janicki, which gave CUA a seven-point lead with just under four minutes to go.
Juniata went on a hot streak, scoring 10 points and putting the team ahead by three. Woerner’s basket brought the difference to a point, but four from the Eagles’ side brought the score to 55-52. Juniata’s tough defense held off the Cards and the game ended in a loss for Catholic.
Woerner was the leading scorer for CUA with 18 points. Grabiak also hit double figures with 10 points. Owunna led the defense with eight rebounds, followed by Grabiak with seven.
The next afternoon, Catholic bounced back from the loss with a victory against Susquehanna, 74-52.
Just a minute in, the Crusaders were off to a 5-0 lead, but Woerner got CUA on the board with a three-pointer with less than 18 minutes to go. The Cardinals gained a quick lead and a three-pointer from Grabiak, bringing the score to 17-10 with 10 minutes left in the half.
Baskets from McEvily and Woerner pushed the Cards’ lead to 11. Woerner’s basket was her 1000th career point, making her the 18th woman in CUA history to reach 1000. Baskets from Owunna and Karlyn Dixon sent Catholic into the half with a 14-point lead.
The Crusaders cut the lead to 10 with a six-point lead in the second half. The Cardinals went on an 11-4 run, and quickly opened the lead to 17. Susquehanna fought back yet again to get the score within 12.
Catholic was ahead by just 10 with under 10 minutes to play, but soon took a 64-47 lead with seven straight points. CUA kept up the intensity and grabbed the win, bringing the Cards’ record to 19-5.
Lead scorers included Woerner with 18, Josehpsen with 13, Owunna with 12, and McGann with 10. Dixon and Josephsen each had four assists. Josephson led the defense with nine rebounds.
The Cardinals end their regular season this Saturday in an away game against Goucher College. The game begins at 5:30 pm. On Wednesday, February 22, the team will play University of Scranton in the Landmark Conference Tournament.