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Captains Race Past Eagles

Kayla Darr shoots a jumper for the Eagles.

BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Christopher Newport pushed its lead into double digits in the second quarter Sunday at Nininger Hall and Captains continued to pull away in the second half for a 106-67 victory over Bridgewater on the second day of the Eagles Tip-Off Classic.

Bridgewater's pressure defense forced an opponent to turn the ball over more than 30 times for the third straight game as CNU turned it over 34 times. However, CNU's pressure tactics were equally effective as they forced the Eagles into 32 turnovers.

Jumpers by Mary Ruth Shifflett and Claire Mocarski gave the Eagles an early 4-3 lead before an 8-0 spurt put the Captains ahead to stay. 

CNU led by 10 points, 17-7, before the Eagles hit the Captains with an 11-2 spurt to pull within a single point. Shifflett knocked down a 3-pointer and then added a bucket from in close, cutting the Captains lead to 19-13. Kayla Darr scored inside off a nifty pass from Lindsay Estes to make it a four-point game, 19-15, witb 2:16 left in the first quarter. With 27 seconds left in the quarter, Darr hit from long range to pull the Eagles to within one 19-18. Julia Ng hit two free throws and Sondra Fan added a 3-pointer in the closing seconds for a 24-18 CNU lead after one quarter of play.

The Captains added the first five points of the second quarter to take a double-digit lead at 29-18. A 3-pointer by Darr trimmed the margin back to eight, 29-21, with 7:22 left in the half. CMU's Jovia Winkey and Mocarski traded points to keep the margin at eight before a 6-1 CNU spurt opened the lead up to 37-24. The margin stayed in double digits the rest of the half and the Captains led at the break, 54-38.

The Captains continued to pull away in the second half, outscoring the Eagles 52-29 to finish off the victory.

Darr scored 13 points to lead the Eagles while Shifflett continued her solid early-season play with 11 points and seven rebounds. Mocarski also reached double figures with 10 points. Ng led the winners with a double-double, finishing with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Fan led the Captains in scoring with 14 points as 17 different players scored for CNU.

Bridgewater is back in action Thursday night when the Eagles travel to Lexington, Va., to face Washington and Lee in the first conference game of the season.