Nicole Mitchell’s lane jumper with 40 seconds left provided the night’s last points, giving second-seeded Christopher Newport a 73-72 home win against No. 3 Salisbury and a berth in the Capital Athletic Conference women's tournament final.
The Captains, ranked 20th nationally, trailed 68-61 with 4 1/2 minutes left. But they got a career-high 25 points, plus 12 rebounds from Camry Green, to earn the right to travel to face top seed York (Pa.) at 2 p.m. Saturday in southeastern Pennsylvania.
York, ranked 12th in the nation, beat Marymount 73-62 behind Brittany Hicks' 18 points and 12 rebounds and Kristen Haley's 19 points.
Whoever loses Saturday's final will be a strong candidate for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
CNU missed two late free throws, including a Mitchell attempt after her basket, but Salisbury’s last hope evaporated when the Sea Gulls’ Sarah Seipp, who had 26 points, missed a running shot in the lane just before the buzzer.
In the Old Dominion Athletic Conference quarterfinals at Salem Civic Center, No. 4 Guilford ousted No. 5 Virginia Wesleyan 79-57, capitalizing on a VWC drought in which the Marlins scored just one field goal in seven minutes.
Gabby Oglesby scored 20 points for Guilford, and Brittany Glasco paced VWC (17-10) with 18 points.
The two-time defending champion Quakers advanced to a 1 p.m. Saturday semifinal against top-seeded Eastern Mennonite, which edged No. 8 Shenandoah 53-52 when Keyla Baltimore rebounded a miss by the Hornets' Imani Heggins just before the buzzer. Bianca Ygarza had 18 points for EMU.
In the bracket’s other half, Taylor Huber scored 24 points -- including a pair of clinching free throws with 12 seconds left -- to guide No. 2 Randolph-Macon past No. 7 Bridgewater 96-91.
Then No. 3 Lynchburg held off No. 6 Roanoke 68-64 as Shannon Allan sank a key 3-pointer and hit all her free throws down the stretch to finish with 16 points.
Randolph-Macon and Lynchburg will play at 3 p.m. Saturday.
CAA:William and Mary (8-18, 5-9 Colonial Athletic Association) played one of its best halves this season, leading 40-12, and held on to beat Northeastern 67-50 at Kaplan Arena.
W&M helped its chances of finishing among the top seven seeds, which would keep the Tribe from a spot in the play-in game. ...
Alyssa Frye scored 26 points as the host College of Charleston stunned James Madison 85-78, outscoring the Dukes by 14 down the stretch of their matinee to end JMU's 13-game winning streak.
JMU, led by CAA Player of the Year candidate Kirby Burkholder's 25 points, has clinched the conference tournament's top seed and might have been on the verge of reaching the national top 25. But the Cougars outshot the Dukes 46 percent to 36 percent for the day.
Miami freshman Adrienne Motley of Newport News had 21 points, seven rebounds, four steals and four assists to help the Hurricanes win 83-63 at Virginia. Ataira Franklin led the Cavaliers with 17 points. ...
Senior Uju Ugoka had 23 points and 11 rebounds as host Virginia Tech (14-14, 4-11) dominated on its Senior Night, beating Clemson 74-48. The Hokies won a third consecutive ACC game for the first time since 2007.
Nikki Dixon led Clemson (12-18, 4-12 ACC) with 13 points. ...
Kayla McBride scored 28 as No. 2 Notre Dame (28-0, 15-0) cruised past No. 14 North Carolina 100-75.
Xylina McDaniel scored 18 points for the Tar Heels (21-8, 9-6). ...
Haley Peters scored 22 points and Virginia Beach’s Elizabeth Williams added 10 as No. 7 Duke beat visiting Wake Forest 71-56. ...
Markeisha Gatling scored 20 points and Len'Nique Brown added 19 points, including six straight free throws in the final 90 seconds as No. 13 North Carolina State (24-5, 11-4) beat host Pittsburgh 79-68 for the 800th victory in the program's history. ...
No. 4 South Carolina, coached by former Virginia All-American guard Dawn Staley, clinched the Southeastern Conference crown with a 67-56 win over Georgia before a crowd of 12,458 in Columbia, S.C.
Tiffany Mitchell scored a career-high 25 points and Alaina Coates added 18 as the Gamecocks (26-2, 14-1) finished 16-0 at home.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun