With the CAC regular season coming to a close, Captains remain strong
CAC regular season action is coming to an end soon, but the Captains are not slowing down.
Both the Men’s and Women’s teams were able to outlast tough Salisbury to pick up wins on Saturday. The Women kicked off the action looking to continue their undefeated streak in the CAC.
Although they have already clinched the CAC regular season and guaranteed home court advantage in the playoffs, they proved that they are not going to relax anytime soon.
Despite initially holding Salisbury to just seven points in the first quarter, the defense of CNU was forced to prove their mettle as Salisbury fought back in the second and third quarters to make it a tight game.
#55 Natalie Terwilliger displayed a return to form after being held to less than 10 points a game for the last four games, putting away 17.
#15 Sondra Fan continues to terrorize the conference, adding 21 points to her season total, which pushes her above 300 points on the season. On the defensive side, #14 Julia Hobbs registered both of CNU’s blocks, and the 11 steals (including one from Hobbs and three from Terwilliger and Fan each) equalized the 11 from Salisbury.
After giving up over 20 points in each of the second and third quarters, the defense was able to hold the Seagulls to 16 points in the fourth to preserve their lead and the offense picked up the pace to earn a 72-68 victory.
The Men’s game featured a competitive first half but ended in a rout as the second half Salisbury team could not compete with the Captains.
Although the Captains initially suffered a deficit, they were able to battle back and pull ahead for a close 39-36 halftime advantage. The second half looked to feature two completely different teams from the first half, with the Captains outscoring the Seagulls 43-28.
Defensively the teams looked well-matched, but the power from the Captain’s offense shined with three players scoring more than 15 points in the contest.
#20 Jason Aiger celebrated another big game for himself, playing for 37 and adding another 23 points to his tally. In addition, he has made his long-awaited entrance to the 1,000-point club, finishing the day with 1,009 career points.
Freshman #45 Ian Anderson continues to make a name for himself with yet another fantastic showing, including a first quarter dunk on a Salisbury defense that looked unable to deal with his presence in the paint throughout the game.
Six other Captains also contributed to the score sheet throughout the night.
With the victory, the Women’s team improves to 20-4 and remains undefeated in the conference. They will face their final regular season game at Southern Virginia University, who have maintained an impressive 9-2 home record despite a 4-5 overall conference record.
The Captain’s will have to overcome this home court if they wish to preserve their 12 game win streak.
The Men’s team improves to 19-5 and remains tied with York (Pa.) at the top of the conference with an 8-1 conference record.
They will host Southern Virginia University in the Freeman Center on Feb. 19 and will need to win to guarantee the #1 seed in the CAC tournament.
~Matthew Scherger, Editor-in-Chief~