WESTMINSTER, Md. – Christopher Newport, ranked No. 2 in the D3hoops.com preseason poll, used a 12-0 run early in the fourth quarter to pull away from McDaniel and notch a 71-61 victory in the championship game of the 2017 McDaniel Tipoff Tournament in women's basketball action on Saturday.
Liv Storer (Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia/Galen Catholic College) led the Green Terror (1-2) with a career-best 25 points, including hitting 11 of 16 free throws. She also pulled down seven rebounds to earn a spot on the all-tournament team.
Jasmine Bonivel led the Captains (3-0) with 13 points and 11 rebounds to also earn a spot on the all-tournament team. Bailey Dufrene joined her teammate on the all-tournament after an eight-point performance in the championship game.
Christopher Newport built a 15-point halftime lead and held onto a 46-33 lead with 2:56 to play in the third quarter before McDaniel mounted a comeback.
Two Caroline Ward (Mt. Airy, Md./Linganore) free throws with 1:59 to play and a Ward 3-pointer closed the deficit to single digits.
Jasmine Norman and Ward traded baskets in the final 63 seconds to make it a 48-40 game.
A Ward triple and Libby Bowles (Gaithersburg, Md./Damascus) jumper closed the margin to 48-45 just 57 seconds into the fourth quarter.
Makenzie Fancher drained a 3-pointer at the other end, however, to spark the game-clinching run.
The lead grew as large as 16 down the stretch but McDaniel could get no closer than eight.
Behind baskets from three different players, the Green Terror jumped out to a 9-4 lead in the first 3:36 of the first quarter before five straight Sam Porter points tied the game.
The Captains pushed the lead to 17-13 before three points from Storer in the final minute of the period made it a one-point game.
Storer hit a jumper on the first possession of the second quarter to give her team an 18-17 lead.
Christopher Newport, however, countered with seven straight points to take a 24-18 lead.
A Halle Burgess (Ashton, Md./Good Counsel) 3-pointer cut the deficit to 24-23 before the Captains tallied 18 of the half's final 22 points.
Burgess finished with 12 points while Ward added 10.
McDaniel returns to action in the Centennial Conference opener at home against Johns Hopkins on Tuesday. Game time is 6 p.m.