One of the best eras in Christopher Newport history ended decisively before a sellout crowd of 1,200 late Friday in Walla Walla, Wash.
The Captains (24-6), ranked 20th nationally, fell 87-70 to No. 7 Whitman (29-1), the sectional host, in the NCAA Division III round of 16. Camry Green scored 21 points to lead four CNU players in double figures.
A senior class led by 1,000-point scorers Nicole Mitchell and Tia Perry made three trips deep into the NCAA tournament and finished with a 105-19 record.
Despite those accomplishments, Whitman's Missionaries took control early, led by Heather Johns' 30 points, Sarah Anderegg's 15 points and Meghan White's 12 rebounds.
Mitchell hit a jump shot for an 8-6 lead, but a 16-2 burst put the Missionaries in control at 22-10. CNU never cut the margin to single digits after that, falling behind 47-21 before a late 6-0 run cut the halftime gap to 47-27.
Whitman earned the right to face Thomas More (Ky.), the nation's top-ranked team, Saturday for a berth in the Final Four.
Thomas More (31-0) beat Texas-Tyler 73-61 in the first game behind dominant Sydney Moss -- a transfer from the Florida Gators and daughter of ex-NFL receiver Randy Moss. She had 26 points and eight rebounds, though she set an all-time D-III record with a 63-point game this season.
All four top seeds in the Colonial Athletic Association quarterfinals advanced at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md.
Sophomore guard Precious Hall scored 18 points and junior forward Toia Giggetts of Norfolk supplied 13 points and seven rebounds as top-seeded James Madison beat UNC Wilmington 69-56 to advance to the semifinals for the ninth consecutive year.
UNCW finished 5-27, but junior Kelva Atkins turned in a tremendous performance to lead the Seahawks. The guard recorded a game and career-high 33 points – tying the fifth highest single-game total in UNCW history – on 11-of-19 shooting from the floor.
The Dukes (26-5) will play at noon Saturday against No. 4 Drexel, which beat No. 5 Hofstra 60-55 behind Meghan Creighton's 20 points.
The Dragons (15-15) went on an 11-0 run midway through the second half, gaining payback for a pair of two-point losses to the Pride during the regular season.
Sophomore guard Asia Jackson scored 13 of her team-high 15 points in the second half to pace Hofstra. ...
In the other half of the bracket, senior center Kelsey Buchanan scored 16 of her game-high 21 points in the second half and sank two free throws with 39 seconds left as second-seeded Delaware held on to defeat No. 7 Northeastern 63-61.
Delaware (19-9), the two-time defending tournament champion, trailed by 10 points in the second half, but took the lead for good with 1:31 to play when freshman guard Erika Brown converted a three-point play to secure a 60-58 lead. ...
The Blue Hens will face the No. 3 College of Charleston, which defeated No. 6 Towson 70-64.
The Cougars had to overcome a 36-point effort by CAA first-teamer Tanisha McTiller, who added 10 rebounds and four assists before fouling out in the final 10 seconds. The senior guard ends her career with 1,605 points -- second all-time at Towson, which is coached by Phoebus High alumna Niki Reid Geckeler.
Afreyea Tolbert’s 19 points and Alyssa Frye's 15 led Charleston.
Bloomsburg (Pa.) bounced Virginia State from the NCAA Division II tournament, beating the CIAA regular-season champion Trojans 75-54.
Bloomsburg is seeded fourth in the regional in Glenville, W.Va., while VSU is fifth. Bloomsburg advanced to play top-seeded Glenville State, which beat West Liberty 82-70.Copyright © 2015, CT Now