NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Led by a career-best performance from sophomore guard Jordan Miller, third-ranked Christopher Newport improved to 3-1 on Sunday, holding off a late rally by Roanoke (2-3) for a 74-70 victory. Miller poured in a career-high 16 points, including four 3-pointers, five rebounds and a blocked shot.
The Captains shook off foul trouble in the first half, with six different players picking up their second personal before intermission, and still poured in 50 points to take a big lead after 20 minutes of play. CNU led 50-32, primarily powered by strong shooting from beyond the arc. Miller drained a pair, Mitchell had two and rookie Taylor Delgado also had a couple. Brandi Holland and Lauren Cox each added one as CNU finished with eight treys in the opening stanza.
Mitchell led the 43.9 percent shooting effort in the first, going 4-for-7 from the field for a game-high 10 points, adding five rebounds and a pair of steals. Holland had a stellar opening frame with nine points, four rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals.
CNU build the lead to double figures quickly, opening the game on a 14-3 burst just five minutes into the game. The Maroons hung in for most of the frame by knocking down 13 of 20 free-throw attempts.
After another 3-pointer by Miller to start the second half, CNU had a game-high 21-point lead, 53-32. Roanoke responded in a big way, though, scoring 10 consecutive points to pull back within 11. Mitchell and Miller had back-to-back buckets, including her fourth trey of the game, and CNU pulled back ahead by 16 with 15:05 remaining, 58-42.
Roanoke would chip away in the final 15 minutes, pulling within five, 61-56, with 9:24 remaining on a 3-pointer by Tatum McKee and then again when McKee knocked down a fast-break layup with 6:25 remaining. The CNU defense would bend, but not break, answering the spurt by scoring six of the next seven to lead by 10 with 4:35 to go, 71-61.
CNU held off the rally in the final minutes despite a last-minute three by Laurel Hankins and a buzzer-beating lay-in by Paxton Gwin that would get the score down to the final four-point edge 74-70.
No. 7 Amherst 66, No. 13 Ithaca 44
AMHERST, Mass. -- Thirteenth-ranked Ithaca suffered its first loss of the 2013-14 season Sunday at fifth-ranked Amherst (4-0). The Jeffs dealt a 66-44 final to the Bombers in the championship game of the Amherst Tip-Off Tournament.
Ithaca's lone lead of the contest was seven minutes into action when Francesca Cotrupe converted an and-one play to give the Bombers a 9-8 edge. The host Jeffs answered with a 22-2 run good for a 30-11 gap at 6:47 of the first. Amherst went on to claim a 36-20 lead at halftime.
The Bombers crept within 13 at the five-minute mark of the second, 49-36, but that's as close as Ithaca would get. Amherst recorded 11 of the next 14 points en route to its fourth consecutive victory.
Amherst shot 45.8 percent from the floor to the Bombers' 35.3 percent.