HUNTINGDON, Pa. — Catholic led No. 13 Juniata 29-18 at halftime on Friday, but the Cardinals were unable to hold on and ultimately fell to the Eagles 55-52. CUA had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds but could not get a shot off, snapping the Cardinals seven-game win streak.
The Cardinals took a 13-point lead when Claire McEvily splashed a jumper with 12:24 to play, but Juniata scored eight in a row to cut the lead to five.
Emily Grabiak drilled a 3-pointer down the other end for CUA, but the Eagles responded again, this time with an 8-2 run to pull within two.
A Holly Janicki layup was followed by a three-point play from Grabiak and the Cardinal lead was up to seven with 3:50 left to play.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 1 Amherst 77, Williams 55|
|No. 2 Chicago 95, Carnegie Mellon 46|
|No. 11 Rochester 53, Brandeis 37|
|No. 12 Washington U. 59, Case Western 50|
|No. 13 Juniata 55, Catholic 52|
|Birmingham-South. 72, Centre 60|
Alyssia Gordon hit a 3-pointer for Juniata that ignited a 10-0 run that ended with five consecutive points from Natalie Glinsky to put the Eagles up by three.
Jill Woerner got inside for a CUA layup to pull the Cardinals within a point, and Gordon then sank a pair at the line to set up CUA’s final possession.
Juniata’s defense stood tall and CUA was unable to get off a shot as time ticked away.
Owunna (15) and Grabiak (13) finished in double figures for CUA, while Woerner and Janicki added eight apiece.
Woerner, Owunna and Jenny McGann each pulled down six rebounds and Grabiak led the way with four assists.
Glinsky led the way for Juniata with 17 points, while Ashton Bankos finished with 12 rebounds, five steals and four assists. The Eagles shot just 29 percent from the field, including 21 percent in the first half, but they forced the Cardinals into 27 turnovers.
CUA came out strong, shooting 55 percent in the opening half. Owunna scored the first four points of the game and the Cardinals took an early 16-7 lead following Janick’s second three in the first six minutes.
McEvily and Woerner then netted back-to-back baskets to open up a 13-point lead, and Owunna’s old-fashioned three-point play pushed the lead to 14 with 9:38 to play.
Owunna’s layup with 2:36 on the clock put CUA ahead by 12, and after three in a row by Juniata, Kelli Josephsen sank a jumper to send the Cardinals into halftime up by 11.