Christopher Newport's basketball programs are having top-25-caliber seasons, but they'd rather forget their trips to Rocky Mount, N.C.
Similar to how the Captains' men lost a recent thriller there to suffer their first conference loss, the CNU women incurred their first overall defeat Wednesday night.
North Carolina Wesleyan (6-8, 5-2 USA South) ended CNU's 13-game unbeaten start, overcoming a double-digit deficit to edge the 16th-ranked Captains 69-68. The loss also ended CNU's 15-game winning streak against NCWC, which had stretched eight years.
Courtney Small's layup for the Bishops with 55 seconds left provided the game's final points. CNU, ranked 16th nationally by d3hoops.com, then missed two shots to go ahead.
CNU lost despite Tabb High alumna Tia Perry's 19 points, nine rebounds and four steals, shooting 9-of-10 on free throws. But the Captains' 23-percent second-half shooting proved costly.
Samantha Urquhart, a senior who used to play for Southampton High when it was in the Bay Rivers District, had 16 points and 15 rebounds for N.C. Wesleyan.
No. 4 Duke 58, Va. Tech 26
Virginia Beach's Elizabeth Williams had 20 points and eight rebounds for Duke.
The host Blue Devils (16-0, 6-0) held the Hokies (7-10, 1-5) scoreless for a 12:42 stretch and remained the only unbeaten women's or men's team in Division I. Duke has won 33 straight ACC games at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Va. Wesleyan 78, Lynchburg 56
Virginia Wesleyan (10-6, 5-2 Old Dominion Athletic Conference) tied a program record by hitting 14 3-pointers in a win over the Hornets (9-6, 4-3) at Batten Center. The Marlins had set the record just four days before.
Kelly Jones scored 17 points -- sinking five shots from beyond the arc -- and Sarah Seipp had 15 points for VWC.
Robyn Parks scored 14 and freshman Adaeze Alaeze had 10 points and 10 rebounds as VCU (8-9, 1-1) gained its first Atlantic 10 triumph, holding on to beat Temple 53-51 in Philadelphia.