The University of Mary Washington women's basketball team dropped a 72-52 decision at Christopher Newport University on Saturday afternoon in Newport News, Va. The Eagles slip to 14-7 overall and 3-3 in Capital Athletic Conference play.
The Eagles stormed ahead with a stellar first quarter. After allowing the first four points of the contest, the Eagles went on an 11-0 run over the next five minutes to grab an 11-4 advantage. Four different players scored in the run, led by five points from senior Emily Thompson. A three pointer from Maddie Shifflett and a bucket from Tory Martin gave the Eagles an 18-9 lead after one quarter.
In the second, the CNU offense awoke, netting 24 points. The Capatins knotted the score at 24-24 with 4:20 left, and scored the next five points to take a five-point lead to halftime, 33-28.
The Captains scored the first three baskets of the third quarter, with baskets from Thompson and Faith St. Clair holding the margin near single digits. Three Thompson free throws with 4:16 remaining drew the Eagles back to within 10, but the Captains scored six of the final eight of the frame to take a 56-42 lead to the fourth quarter. In the final 10 minutes, the hosts outscored UMW, 16-10, for the 72-52 win.
Thompson led the Eagles with 18 points on 6-11 shooting, with three 3 pointers. Jordan Lee added eight for UMW. As a team, the Eagles shot 18-45 from the field (40%), making 4-10 three point tries and 12-16 free throws. UMW was outrebounded, 39-28, and the Eagles fell victim to 28 turnovers.
UMW will return to action on Wednesday when they host Southern Virginia University at 6 p.m.