With the beginning of the new year basketball begins conference play as well. Both the Men’s and Women’s team continue their strong performance through the first four games with three wins and one loss each.
The Women’s team opened the year hosting the York College Spartans.
The Captains were able to start their conference games 1-0 behind a record performance from senior #30 Jessica Daguilh. Daguilh scored 27 points in just 26 minutes of play to lead the Captains past the Spartans 76-52.
Their second game showed a much less productive offense, as the Mary Washington Eagles’ defense proved too much for the Captains.
While both teams committed to the defensive gameplay, the Eagles were able to outlast the Captains in the second half 66-53.
That was the Eagles first win in conference play and dropped the Captains to 1-1 in conference, 10-3 overall.
The Captains bounced back against St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The first six minutes of play looked like a repeat of their previous game against Mary Washington as the Captains trailed 14-2. After an emergency timeout called by Coach Bill Broderick they were firing on all cylinders again.
Over the next ten minutes of play the Captains outscored the Seahawks 44-5. Three freshman would have highlight nights: #1 Jessica Foster, #15 Sondra Fan and #55 Natalie Terwilliger.
Foster sank nine three-pointers for 27 points while Fan and Terwilliger posted 19 and 17 points respectively.
The Captains were equally effective defensively, forcing 29 turnovers on their way to a 103-59 victory over the Seahawks.
The Captains took their momentum to Frostburg State. The freshmen were once again the stars of the afternoon. Fan shot 6/6 and posted 20 points, and fellow freshmen #20 Marlise Brunson, Terwilliger and Foster all scored at least 12 points.
A fourth quarter rally by the Bobcats kept the contest close, but the Captains were able to hold them off and walk away with an 89-83 victory.
The Men’s basketball team has also shown solid play through their first four conference games.
Against the York College Spartans the Men’s team overcame a 12 point deficit in the second half in the final seconds to pull out an impressive win.
Although the team completed only 77.8 percent of their free throw attempts, the final three made by #20 Jason Aigner were enough to give them the victory, 73-71.
They would not be so lucky against Mary Washington and were unable to overcome free throw woes and missed baskets against the Eagles.
The 69-61 loss was just the second loss of the season for the Men’s team.
The Captains showed a much stronger front against St. Mary’s College (Md.), bringing a stout defensive effort combined with a strong presence in the paint from #3 Marcus Carter and #52 Savante Chappell.
Carter and Chappell combined for 37 of the Captain’s 79 points in their 79-56 victory. On a more personal note, Chappell scored his first career three-pointer in the contest.
Chappell continued his hot streak into the next game against Frostburg State, posting a career-high 23 points and earning himself CAC Player of the Week honors.
This is the first CAC weekly honor the Men’s team has received this year.
Chappell was not the only Captain to show up on the court; Aigner also scored 21 points, six of them three-pointers, on the way to a Captain’s victory over the Bobcats 75-65.
The 23rd ranked Women’s team and the 21st ranked Men’s team will travel to Southern Virginia University (SVU) on Jan. 16.
The Women’s matchup features a SVU team that is currently undefeated in their conference play and on a 12 game winning streak.
The Men’s team is currently in a five-way tie for first in the CAC playing a SVU team that is currently 0-4 in the conference.
On Jan. 19, CNU will host Penn State Harrisburg in a doubleheader in the Freeman Center at 2 p.m.
Both Penn State Harrisburg teams are currently 1-3 in the CAC and looking to cause an upset against the 3-1 CNU teams.
The Men’s and Women’s basketball teams will look to take sole ownership first place in the CAC by the end of this weekend, and work towards winning the conference to earn a spot in the NCAA tournament later this spring.