No. 3 Captains hold off Meredith for sixth straight win
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Senior Chelsie Schweers had 28 first half points and led the Captains to a 22-point lead at the break, but the third-ranked CNU squad was forced to hold off a late rally from Meredith College (2-4, 0-3) to earn their sixth straight win to start the season. CNU improves to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the USA South.
Schweers finished with a season-high-tying 33 points on 10-of-14 shooting, including a 7-of-9 night from long range. She added six rebounds, five assists and five steals for the Captains in the victory. With her first three of the night, she became just the 14th player in NCAA Div. III history to knock down 300 three-pointers in her career. She ended the night with 306 career trey's, just nine shy of the Top 10.
In the first half, Schweers was on fire, knocking down 9-of-10 shots from the field. Junior guard Kimmy Hopkins helped pace CNU in the first half, scoring nine points and adding three assists.
CNU led 53-31 at halftime, and reached a game-high 25 point lead six minutes into the second half, but Meredith would start to inch back. The Avenging Angels would piece together a 24-10 run to pull back within 11 points on a Danielle Lee runner with 5:08 remaining. The run would end their, though, as CNU never gave up its double-digit advantage in the game.
Turnovers were key in the second-half run for Meredith, as CNU had 16 second-half giveaways leading to 25 points off turnovers in the game for the road team. The Captains would score 24 points of their own off turnovers, though, forcing 22 turnovers in the game, including 17 steals.
Meredith was led by Megan Rahn, scoring 17 points on 6-14 shooting. She was joined in double figures by Ashley Hudson with 13 and Alejandra Patrick with 11. Patrick was key in the second half run, scoring seven points in the eight minute span.
CNU was led by Schweers, who was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. Hopkins added 13 points in the game, while also dishing out a game-high six assists. Lauren Gural had five points, five assists and seven rebounds in the game.
CNU shot 42.4% from the field, while Meredith was at a 47.2% clip.
Christopher Newport will now travel to Hawaii for the Hoop 'n Surf Tournament next weekend, as they will face #12 Thomas More on Sunday, December 19 at 2 pm (EST), followed by a game against McMurry University on Monday at 9 pm (EST)