FERRUM, Va. -- In the opening round of the 2014 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball championship, Christopher Newport (23-5) earned its fourth consecutive opening round victory, cruising past Eastern Mennonite (22-6) 78-63. The Captains won their 12th game of the season in wire-to-wire fashion, never trailing against EMU, while shooting 52.5 percent from the field.
The Captains will now advance to the NCAA tournament second round, where they will take on either the hosts from Ferrum, or Capital, who play in Friday's nightcap.
Christopher Newport was led by front court starters Camry Green and Nicole Mitchell, as each poured in 20-point games. Green notched her eighth double-double of the season, scoring 21 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, while Mitchell had a stellar second half to finish with 20 points, five assists and three rebounds.
A surprise off the bench for head coach Bill Broderick was the return of senior Tia Perry. The Captains' leading scorer was injured with three games remaining in the regular season and Friday night's contest was her first game back in the lineup. She finished with seven points and three rebounds in 13 minutes of play.