NEWPORT NEWS—Another personal milestone surpassed, Christopher Newport University's Chelsie Schweers got the bonus plan Friday night at the Freeman Center.
The 5-foot-7 senior scored 33 points to surpass Lamont Strothers as the all-time leading scorer in school history – men or women – in the Captains' 81-52 first-round victory over York College (Pa.) in the NCAA Division III women's basketball tournament.
Schweers also tied the all-time Division III 3-point mark, joining Kean University's Melissa Beyruti with 397 made 3-pointers.
Schweers was 7-for-15 from 3-point range, and sank all four free throws. She also led CNU with four steals on the night. And, at 14 minutes remaining in the game and CNU with a comfortable 32-point lead, she was personally outscoring York 30-29.
About setting the school scoring record, Schweers said she was relieved more than anything to get that out of the way. For now, she'll savor the win and advancement to the next round.
"I feel relieved, the fans have been talking about it the last week or so. I just wanted to get the win," she said. "I was just focused on getting the team together, so I wasn't that worried about it."
What made Friday's win sweeter for CNU was that it came against the same school that knocked the Captains out of the 2009 NCAA tournament. But if Schweers had vengeance on her mind, she wasn't openly admitting it after Friday's game.
"It was in the back of our mind, yes, but really we were a different team back then, and I just felt prepared (Friday).
"This was a huge win for us, so we're just going to try to roll it on over into (Saturday)."
The Captains (26-3) face Johns Hopkins (Md.) in Saturday's second-round game. Tipoff is at 5 p.m. Champions of the Centennial Conference regular season, the Bluejays (22-5) defeated Richard Stockton College (N.J.) 76-68. They were led by senior forward Lindsay Burton's 31 points.
Aside from another stellar Schweers performance, CNU coach Carolyn Hunter said she was more impressed with her players' "energy and confidence."
Also, the Captains outscored the Spartans 38-12 in the paint, and outscored York 24-7 on second-chance shots.
"I'll tell you what, over the last five or six games our post players have really come to play. We all know what our offense is capable of and Chelsie's always been there, but they really stepped up."
Equally as impressive, the Captains scored 23 points off York turnovers, while surrendering absolutely no points themselves.
"One of the things we tried to cut down on and make the other team turn it over, so I think that's very impressive," Hunter said.
Now, Hunter and the Captains turn their focus to Johns Hopkins.
"They're big," Hunter said. "We know that we're going to have to definitely defend and stay in motion because we're a smaller team, but I think if we run on them and execute our offense we'll be fine."