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WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Captains blitz Lions early, win 77-52

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After a five-hour drive from Middletown to Newport News, Va., Penn State Harrisburg faced the Capital Athletic Conference's second-place team, Christopher Newport.

And the Captains lived up to their lofty position, beating the Lions, 77-52 on Saturday, Jan. 10.

Christopher Newport (9-4, 5-1 in the conference) jumped on Penn State Harrisburg early with a 14-0 run over the first nine minutes of play.

Try as they might, the Lions (3-10, 2-4) could not bounce back from the early attack. The Blue & White went into the half trailing 36-16.

The second half proved to be much of the same. Penn State Harrisburg trailed by as much as 41 points in the second half.

Christopher Newport controlled the paint, outscoring the Lions, 32-14. And the Captains' bench contributed 42 points in the victory.

Penn State Harrisburg was led by freshman Christine Mabry, who came off the bench to score 16 points in just 20 minutes of play.

Penn State Harrisburg's Kiara Carter earned her third straight double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

Southern Virginia 65, Lions 63

Carter scored 22 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in the loss to Southern Virginia (3-9, 1-5) on Wednesday, Jan. 7 in Middletown.

Both teams came out firing on all cylinders, staying within two points of one another for most of the first half.

The Lions went on an 11-2 run with 3:05 to go to put Penn State Harrisburg up by nine points at the half.

The Blue & White led by as much as nine in the second half before running out of gas.

Southern Virginia used a 16-0 run over an eight-minute span to go ahead 59-50 with 5:03 left to play. Penn State Harrisburg went cold from the field, going 0-for-9 during the Knights’ run.

The Lions cut the Knights' lead to 61-60 with only 53 seconds remaining. Sophomore Kaitlyn Carmo took a contested shot at the buzzer in an attempt to tie the game, but the shot missed.

Carter was huge in keeping the Lions close. Carmo added 12 points and 4 rebounds of her own in the defeat.

Freshman Janel Brown netted a deep 3-pointer down the stretch to keep the Knights on their toes.