ARLINGTON, Va. — The Christopher Newport women’s basketball team is back in action on Wednesday evening as the undefeated Captains (17-0) travel to Marymount University to take on the Saints (15-3) at 6:00 p.m. CNU, ranked No. 1 in the WBCA Coaches’ Poll and No. 3 in the D3hoops.com Top 25, will travel to the Converse Family Fieldhouse for the first time since 2017-18 kicking off a three-game week for the Captains.
One of only eight NCAA women’s basketball teams without a loss in 2022-23, the Captains are riding a 17-game winning streak heading into Wednesday night’s matchup. It will be the 41st time the two programs have paired off, with Marymount holding a slight 22-18 advantage in the all-time series. CNU has a 7-16 record in Arlington, Va. including a 2-8 record in the last ten games against the Saints on the road.
Christopher Newport is coming off a 77-66 win at Southern Virginia University that saw the team improve to 60-1 over the last 61 games dating back to late December, 2019. The Captains are 24-0 in road games during that stretch and currently boast the longest road winning streak in college basketball, having won 26 straight games in opposing arenas. CNU is one of only three teams in the nation that have won 20 or more away from home, joined by Division II’s Thomas More (23) and Ashland (20).
The Captains feature a deep rotation that includes nine players averaging 6.0 points or more per game. Eight different CNU players have reached the 100-point plateau for the season including all five starters. Fifth-year senior Sondra Fan leads the squad with 14.1 points per game while ranking 15th nationally in three-point percentage by knocking down over 42 percent from beyond the arc. Senior forward Anaya Simmons ranks second in the nation in field-goal percentage, knocking down 64.3 percent of her shots, while pouring in 13.9 points per game.
Off the bench, sophomore Hannah Orloff has been a force defensively in the paint with 30 blocks, leading the Coast-To-Coast Athletic Conference and ranking in the top-60 nationally. Lauren Fortescue and Alivia Giles are adding seven points per game with 50 combined steals, helping anchor the Captains Chaos defense that is averaging 17.7 steals per game as a team.
Marymount will enter the Wednesday night matchup ranked…