Schweers breaks record in CNU win
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Christopher Newport University senior Chelsie Schweers has added yet another milestone to her illustrious career, as she becomes the only women's basketball player in the history of the NCAA to hit 400 3-pointers in her career. Just nine seconds into an 81-62 victory against Johns Hopkins (22-6), Schweers knocked down her 398th career trey, passing Melissa Beyruti (Kean) and taking sole possession of the top spot all-time.
The Chesapeake native finished the game with a CNU NCAA Tournament record 37 points, with five made 3-pointers. She now holds the NCAA record for women's basketball at all NCAA levels, with 402 made 3-pointers.
The win extended Christopher Newport's home winning streak to 39 consecutive games, the third longest active streak in Division III. CNU will advance to the sectionals for the second consecutive year and will play Kean University, who defeated Western Connecticut State, 82-64, in its second-round game.
The Captains led by as many as 12 in the first half, but Hopkins stormed back to cut the lead to four at halftime, 37-33. Three different Blue Jays scored eight points in the half, including eight points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal from Centennial Conference Player of the Year Lyndsay Burton.
CNU was led in the first by Schweers' 14 points, two rebounds and two assists. Barbara Davis scored eight and Lauren Gural had seven in the first half.
Hopkins hung around in the second half, but never led, and CNU eventually extended the lead to double digits for good at the 7:03 mark on a Kimmy Hopkins jumper. The Captains stayed hot from the field and finished off the wire-to-wire victory with a 19-point margin of victory.
Christopher Newport shot 50 percent from the field on 27-54 shooting, including a 54.5 percent day from beyond the arc on 6-11 shooting. CNU held Johns Hopkins to 38 percent shooting on 27-71 attempts, but the Blue Jays were just 3-of-16 from long-range, an 18.8 percent clip.
Four players finished in double-figures for Johns Hopkins, led by Burton's 14 points and 10 rebounds. She also had four assists, a block and a steal for the Blue Jays in the loss. Kat Fox poured in a season-high 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting.
For the Captains, Schweers finished with 37 points on 12-of-22 shooting, setting a new school record for points in an NCAA Tournament game. She added four rebounds, five assists and three blocks. Davis had a double-double, scoring 12 points and adding 10 rebounds, while Gural was just shy of a double-double, with 13 points and eight rebounds. Hopkins rounded out the CNU players in double-figures, with 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting.