FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — No. 18 Chrisotpher Newport opened a 16-point halftime lead, and cruised to a 68-41 win against Greensboro. The victory on Friday at Crown Center Arena advanced CNU to the USA South Athletic Conference semifinals. Christopher Newport will play either Maryville or LaGrange on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Junior Tia Perry paced a balanced CNU attack with 19 points and nine rebounds. Senior Kelly Halverson and freshman Brandi Holland both scored 11 points for CNU. Junior Camry Green scored nine points and posted 15 rebounds and junior Nicole Mitchell also scored nine points with 11 rebounds.
“I was pleased with our balance and especially with our defense,” Head coach Bill Broderick said following the triumph. “We held the Player of the Year in our conference [Bianca Richburg] to just 12 points on 5 of 19 shooting. That’s impressive.”
The win for the Captains was the squad’s 11th in a row and CNU improved to 24-2 overall. It was the third time in as many meetings this year the Captains have beaten the Pride.
CNU’s defense held Greensboro to just 22 percent shooting for the game (15 of 67). The Captains shot 42 percent from the floor and out-rebounded the Pride 47-44.
Christopher Newport never trailed in the game and opened a 9-0 lead at the outset of the contest. The Captains were on top 31-15 at halftime and outscored the Pride in the second half 37-26.