All four higher seeds advanced in Tuesday's (Feb. 19) opening round of the 2019 CAC Women's Basketball Tournament. Thursday's semifinal rounds will feature #1 Christopher Newport hosting #4 Mary Washington, while #2 Southern Virginia welcomes #3 Salisbury for a trip to the conference championship game on Saturday.
Top-seeded Christopher Newport had no problem dispatching #8 seed St. Mary's (Md.) on Tuesday to advance to the semifinals of the 2019 CAC Women's Basketball Tournament. CNU ran out to a 26-9 lead after one quarter to roll to an 86-60 victory. Freshman Sondra Fan poured in a game-high 14 points, while her teammates Natalie Terwilliger and Kiana Kirkland scored 13 each.
The Captains will face #4 Mary Washington who survived in overtime against #5 Frostburg State, 65-54. The Eagles had to rally late in the fourth quarter to send it into OT before dominating the extra frame, 14-3. Reigning CAC Player of the Week Jordan Pamlanye had a big night scoring 19 points and pulling down 14 rebounds in the win. FSU's Megan Kelly led all scorers with 25 points.
Third-seeded Salisbury outrebounded #6 York by a 46-30 to propel the Sea Gulls to victory. SU fired 46.2 percent from the field, while limiting YCP to only 30.8 percent shooting. Megan Konig led all scorers with 19 points in the victory.
The final contest of the night featured a tightly-contested battle in which #2 Southern Virginia came away with a hard-fought victory over #7 Penn State Harrisburg, 69-62. Sophomore Katie Garrish scored 12 points to go with 23 rebounds, including 10 on the offensive glass, while her Knights teammate Alexus Barnes recorded a game-high 18 points in the victory. SVU outrebounded PSH by a 52-32 margin and will host #3 Salisbury on Thursday in the conference semifinals.
2019 CAC Women's Basketball Tournament Schedule
First Round - Tuesday, Feb. 19
Game 1: #1 Christopher Newport 86 def. #8 St. Mary's (Md.) 60
Game 2: #4 Mary Washington 65 def. #5 Frostburg State 54 (OT)
Game 3: #2 Southern Virginia 69 def. #7 Penn State Harrisburg 62
Game 4: #3 Salisbury 67 def. #6 York (Pa.) 48
Semifinal Round - Thursday, Feb. 21
Game 5: #4 Mary Washington at #1 Christopher Newport, 6 p.m.
Game 6: #3 Salisbury at #2 Southern Virginia, 7 p.m.
Championship - Saturday, Feb. 23
Game 7: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 (at highest remaining seed)