This year, the CNU women’s basketball team has started with an impressive 4-1 and are currently on a four game winning streak after dropping their first game against Randolph-Macon. The Captains last victory was against Randolph College, who came into the game 5-0.
The Captains would win in convincing fashion 83-57 with Senior guard Tia Perry scoring 26 points. Senior forward Nicole Mitchell would add eight points and six rebounds in the game. Mitchell is second to Perry in both total points with 70 and rebounds with 34.
Perry leads the team with 95 points and 43 rebounds. Perry and Mitchell are apart of a senior class that has guided the Captains to their early season success not only this year but in season’s past with what may be considered the most successful class in CNU women’s basketball history.
Perry, a 5’9” guard, has contributed greatly to the team ever since her entrance as a freshman.
Perry established her place on the roster her first year at CNU, making an appearance in 32 games, completing 51.5% of her shots over the season, averaging 4.2 points per game.
In her sophomore season with the Captains, Perry was able to start every game, boosting her average points per game to twelve, which helped her receive second team All-Conference honors.
During her junior year, Perry led the team in points, improving her average to 14 points per game. She was named first team All-Conference and first team All-State (VaSID), as well as Most Valuable Player in the USA South Tournament.
In her first five games as a senior, Perry has averaged an impressive 19 points and nine rebounds per game. She also leads the team defensively with 15 steals and three blocks.
As a freshman at CNU, forward Mitchell was able to receive playing time in all but one of the team’s games that season. Like her teammate Perry, Mitchell was named second team All-Conference after her second season as part of the CNU women’s basketball team, leading the team in field goal percentage and blocks that year.
As a junior, Mitchell started in every game, earning seven double-doubles throughout the season and leading the team in minutes played.
With her last year as a part of the team underway, Mitchell has averaged a respectable 14 points per game and tallied assists, rebounds, and steals in almost every game.
Coming in as a freshman at CNU along with Mitchell, who also played for George Mason High School, guard Chantal Thomas was able to make an appearance in 28 of the Captain’s 34 games, putting 71 total points on the board her first year.
Due to an injury, Thomas was not able to play her sophomore year. Despite this setback, she was able to make a return her junior year, finishing second on her team in assists. She currently has scored 22 points for an average of 4.4 points per game this season and approximately fifteen minutes per game.
Although she wasn’t a part of the team during her freshman year, forward Nicole Pandak was able to see playing time in 15 of the games during her sophomore year.
One of her notable games during that season came against Mary Baldwin, where Pandak was able to add six points to the Captain’s score in less than nine minutes. At the culmination of her junior year, Pandak had played in 40 games in her first two seasons as a Lady Captain. So far this season, Pandak has played in three of the team’s first five games this season, averaging more than nine minutes per game.
In her debut season at CNU, guard Andrea Hobbs averaged a basket per game, going 14-of-22 from the field. As a sophomore, Hobbs saw action in every game and led CNU in assists over the course of the season.
Her contributions to the team were crucial her junior year as she started 29 of the 31 games for the Captains and led the team in assists for the second year in a row. She was later named VaSID Academic All-State, as well as the USA South Academic All-Conference team.
Hobbs has started all five games this year accumulating a team high 20 assists, as well as nine steals and 15 rebounds.
Looking to the future
If the team hopes to be able to continue their early success, it will have to continue to rely on these seniors’ efforts, as well as those of younger players. Among these players are sophomore guards Brandi Holland, who has had 20 assists and leads the team in free throws with 27, and Jordan Miller, the team’s leader in three-point field goals. The team next faces Southern Virginia University on Dec. 4, before facing its first Capital Athletic Conference opponent, York College, on Dec. 7. n