NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Christopher Newport (28-2) erased a six-point halftime deficit and edged out Marymount 56-50 in Saturday’s NCAA tournament second round.
Marymount, the 2013 CAC champion, ended its season with a 24-5 overall record. The Captains will take on Montclair State (29-0) in the Sweet 16 next weekend. It will be CNU’s second appearance in the last three years.
Early in the game, Marymount took a double-digit lead. A layup from Miranda Krott on an assist by CAC Player of the Year Katelyn Fischer made the score 21-11 with 6:48 remaining in the first half. The CNU offense was just 4-for-15 to start the game, leading to the deficit.
After a timeout, the CNU defense amped up its pressure and forced a few Marymount turnovers to cut into the lead. At halftime, the Saints held a 28-22 advantage, with both teams combining for 23 points off of turnovers.
The momentum shifted early in the second half. CNU traded baskets on the first two possessions, before rookie Brandi Holland hit Camry Green on an assist down low for two, cutting the lead to four 32-28. Then, on the next time down the floor, senior Kelly Halverson connected on a 3-pointer from the corner to make it a one-point game at 32-31. Halverson was 0-4 in the first half, but connected on her second try in the second half for a big shot.
A turnover by Fischer led to two more points for CNU as Holland again found Green and CNU took the lead 33-32 with 15:51 remaining. CNU started the second half on an 11-4 run to take the lead.
CNU then leaned on junior Nicole Mitchell, who stepped up in to give CNU’s largest lead of the game, a three-point edge at 37-34, by knocking down a pair of jumpers.
Halverson and Holland combined to give CNU a five-point edge 47-42.
With less than five minutes remaining, the CNU defense kept up the pressure and made enough free throws to hold on for a 56-50 victory. The Captains’ defense was the key throughout, leading to 25 points off of turnovers. Marymount turned the ball over 23 times, as CNU grabbed 10 steals.
Marymount was led by Tynisha Parks with 18 points, six rebounds, four steals and two blocks. Katelyn Fischer had eight assists and Lacey added 12 points.
CNU got the 12th double-double of the year from Camry Green, grabbing 14 rebounds and 10 points, while Mitchell had a solid second-half to finish with 18 points. Tia Perry rounded out the double-figure scorers with 10 points, adding three steals and a block.