NCAA Division III:

Not only did Christopher Newport win its first-round game in the NCAA Division III tournament, the Captains welcomed a familiar face back to the lineup after an injury.

Tia Perry, who had been out with a leg problem, scored seven points in 13 minutes as CNU (23-5) breezed to a 78-63 victory over Eastern Mennonite (22-6) in Ferrum's gym.

Camry Green had 21 points and 13 rebounds, shooting 8-of-12 from the field. Nicole Mitchell had 20 points and five assists for CNU, though she rolled an ankle late in the game. Brandi Holland had 10 points.

The Captains will play at 7 p.m. Saturday against Ferrum, with a berth in the Sweet 16 at stake. The host Panthers edged Capital of Ohio 73-70 for their first NCAA tournament victory.

CNU took an 11-0 lead. The Royals pulled within 11-7, but CNU increased the margin to 20-11 and remained comfortably ahead thereafter.

Shakeerah Sykes led EMU, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference regular-season champion, with 23 points on 11-of-16 shooting.

In Ferrum's game, before a sellout crowd of 1,050, Kylene Culler set an NCAA Division III tournament with 24 rebounds and added 11 points and six assists.

Kayla Goins clinched the victory by hitting all four of her late free throws. Jamie Caton scored 25 points for Capital, including the 1,000th of his career. ...

Messiah (Pa.) dismissed Randolph-Macon 91-62 in Madison, N.J., ending the ODAC tournament champion Yellow Jackets' season.

Taylor Huber had 16 points for the Yellow Jackets (23-6), who trailed 22-5.

USCAA:

Concordia (Ala.) held off Apprentice School 75-70 in a semifinal of the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association national tournament in Uniontown, Pa.

Kenya Wilkerson had 17 points and five assists for the Builders, who finished 22-5, one of their best seasons.

Apprentice took a 14-7 lead, but Concordia came back, closing the first half on a 7-0 run as Erica Ousley sank a 3-pointer for a 37-25 halftime advantage.

In the second half, the Builders got within 45-43 on a Julissa Riddick layup with 13:30 left, but the Hornets responded with a 15-4 run over the ensuing 6:28 to lead 60-47 on a pair of Ousley free throws with 7:02 left.

Apprentice ripped off a 16-2 run to take its final lead, 63-62, on a Christina Licano layup with 3:03 left. But Concordia scored the next 10 points to lead 72-63 on a pair of Ousley free throws with 44 seconds left, all but ending the contest.

Atlantic 10:

Top-seeded Dayton survived a major upset bid by eighth-seeded VCU, winning 62-61 to start a day of Atlantic 10 quarterfinals at Richmond Coliseum.

The Flyers trailed for most of the game, including by 34-19 with about 4 1/2 minutes left in the first half. But they gradually came back.

Down 60-56, they pulled even on Cassie Sant's layup with 1:31 left and Ally Malott's jumper at 1:05. Then they went ahead 62-60 with 6 seconds left when Celeste Edwards made a layup on a fast break generated by Amber Deane's steal of a VCU pass.

On VCU's ensuing possession, Keira Robinson drew a foul with 3 seconds left. She made the first free throw but, after a Flyers timeout, missed the second try. Dayton rebounded the ball and VCU was unable to foul, ending the contest.

Malott had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Flyers, who probably will receive an NCAA at-large bid even if they don't win the tournament. Andrea Hoover, the A-10 Player of the Year, added 15 points and five assists.

Robyn Parks had 19 points and 16 rebounds for the Rams (22-9), who likely are headed to the Women's National Invitation Tournament. ...

Jonquel Jones had 30 points and 16 rebounds as George Washington outlasted Saint Joseph's 82-79 in overtime to gain a semifinal berth at 11 a.m. Saturday against Dayton.

Two Jones free throws gave GW a 69-67 lead with 2:58 remaining in OT, and the Colonials never trailed again.

Sarah Fairbanks led St. Joe's with 19 points and Erin Shields had 17. ...

Hannah Little had 22 points and 17 rebounds as second-seeded St. Bonaventure ousted No. 7 La Salle 54-42, earning a semifinal spot opposite No. 3 Fordham, which beat Duquesne 45-41.

Fordham's Samantha Clark had 11 rebounds and nine points, including the game's final field goal with 45 seconds left. Emily Tapio ensured the victory by hitting a free throw with 2 seconds left.

ACC:

In a game with plenty of starts and stops, fourth-seeded North Carolina State beat fifth-seeded Syracuse 79-63 in the first ACC quarterfinal at Greensboro Coliseum.

Markeisha Gatling scored a career-high 28 points for N.C. State before leaving with a second-half knee injury. Kody Burke added 21 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for the fourth-seeded Wolfpack (25-6), who trailed 48-39 before going on a 25-1 run fueled by Gatling's 14 points.

Syracuse, in its first ACC tournament, shot 10-for-38 (26 percent) after halftime. At 22-9, the Orange will be under strong consideration for an NCAA at-large bid.

The game was delayed three times in the second half due to lights and shot-clock outages amid a winter storm that caused numerous power outages in the area. ...

Top-seeded Notre Dame, making its ACC tournament debut, improved to 30-0 by routing Florida State 83-57 behind Jewell Loyd's 17 points.

Kayla McBride added 13 for the Fighting Irish (30-0), who ran off 21 straight points in the first half to turn their quarterfinal matchup with the ninth-seeded Seminoles (20-11) into a rout.

The Irish, ranked second nationally, will face N.C. State in a semifinal. FSU, considered a bubble team, will have to wait more than a week to see if makes the NCAA tournament. ...

In the other half of the bracket, second-seeded Duke bounced Georgia Tech 82-52 -- the Blue Devils' 37th straight victory over the Yellow Jackets (20-11), who still have a good chance to reach the NCAA at large.

Elizabeth Williams of Virginia Beach scored 15 points and blocked five shots, and Tricia Liston added 15 along with her school-record-tying 80th 3-pointer of the season for the Blue Devils (26-5), who are ranked 10th nationally.

Seeking their sixth appearance in the title game in Coach Joanne P. McCallie's seven seasons with the Blue Devils, they'll face No. 6 North Carolina.

The Tar Heels overcame No. 3 Maryland 73-70, though Alyssa Thomas scored 24 points to set the Terrapins' all-time scoring record midway through the second half. The 6-foot-2 senior is now 12 away from passing Juan Dixon for the most points by a Maryland man or woman.

She just couldn't quite lead the Terrapins' second-half comeback, missing two shots and committing a turnover in the final 90 seconds of a tight game.

For UNC, Diamond DeShields scored 22 points while fellow freshman Allisha Gray added 17.

Xylina McDaniel added 10 points for the sixth-seeded Tar Heels (24-8), who led for all but 5 seconds but still had to fight to put away the Big Ten-bound Terrapins (24-6).