Saturday, February 27, 2010

Perfect:: 28 things about 28-0 Christopher Newport

UNDEFEATED: What the crowd at the Freeman Center chanted on Saturday afternoon when Division III Christopher Newport University (28-0) completed a perfect season with an 82-70 victory over Ferrum. We salute the USA South champs and celebrate their accomplishments in our own quirky way.

1. 5: Number of teams undefeated in Division I, II and III: UConn, Nebraska, Gannon, Amherst and Christopher Newport

2. March 6, 2009: Last time CNU lost a game (75-61 to York)

3. Feb. 14, 2010: Last time CNU almost lost a game. Chelsie Schweers drained a 3 with 1.7 seconds left to send the CNU/Ferrum game into OT. CNU prevailed 86-80.

4: Sweet 16: Furthest CNU has ever advanced in the national tournament (1991-92)

5. Twice: Number of times Schweers has been an All-American. The junior will no doubt receive the honor this year, too. CNU has never had a four-time All-American in any sport.

6: 10: Number Schweers wanted to wear. CNU retired No. 10 in honor of Karen Barefoot, so Schweers took No. 11, the number closest to 10.

7. "Dance My Pain Away": Last song the Captains here before they leave the locker room. Schweers never gets tired of hearing it.

8. Dayna Cheek: Fashion diva on the team.

. Jessica Moore: Owner of the cell phone with the most annoying ring

10. No cell phones: Coach Carolyn Hunter's policy on road trips. "I tried to sneak mine once," said freshman Brandy Thomas. "I worked for a while and then I got caught. There was a snitch."

11. CNU, Hampton, UNC Greensboro: Schools Barbara Davis has attended. At 6-foot, Davis is the tallest player on the roster.

12: "Absolutely not!": Coach Hunter-ism

13. "That's not it!": Coach Hunter-ism

14. "Focus, focus, focus:!" : Coach Hunter-ism

15. Focus: What Schweers struggles with during film sessions. "After a few minutes, I start to draw," she said.

16: A football game on the beach at Nags Head that turned into a sand storm when wind and rain arrived: Why the CNU players will never play football with coach Hunter again. "I didn't know she was that competitive,"Cheek giggled. "She played quarterback, running back, every position. She was running through everybody; we couldn't tackle her. It started raining, sand was flying everywhere. We wanted to go in. She said we weren't going anywhere until we finished the game!"

17. Singing and dancing: What the Captains love to do with their free time

18. Reeses Peanut Butter Cup: Schweers' favorite indulgence

19. 10: Schweers' age when she hit her first game-winning 3, at nationals with the Boo Williams Red Tide.

20. A gray Florida Gators shirt: What Schweers must wear before every game. Her longtime boyfriend, a Gator, gave it to her.

21. Texas, Hampton: Where Hunter was an assistant prior to becoming CNU's head coach (she also was an interim head coach at Hampton in 1996).

22. 233-98: Hunter's record in 12 seasons at CNU, making her the all-time winningest women's basketball coach there.

23. Kevin Hart: Comedian who keeps the Captains laughing on road trips. Davis mimics him to a tee.

24. 3'oclock in the morning: Time Brandy Thomas said she can call any one of her teammates. "We're always there for each other," she said.

25. Kelly Halverson, Jennifer Falin: most studious Captains

26. 1: Number of seniors on this team (Thomas)

27. 1: Number of players who don't list Virginia as their home. Thomas hails from Omaha, Neb. (Freshman Shayla Drakeford was born in Germany but lists Woodbridge as her hometown).

28. Monday at 12:30 p.m. on When the Captains find out their first-round NCAA opponent.

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