RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Meredith College basketball Angels ended a longstanding streak versus the Christopher Newport Captains with a 69-66 victory in Saturday's non-conference action. The win marks the first for the Avenging Angels in 15 meetings since the programs first met in 2000-01.
Kate Perko led the game with 27 points and 14 rebounds, her fourth career double-double. Lindsay Bell notched her second with 12 points, 10 boards, and Kimberly Schuh recorded 17 points with five rebounds. Led by Zaina Hook and Bell with five apiece, MCBB notched 22 assists on the day and outrebounded the Captains 52-to-40.
With eight lead changes and 10 occasions with the score tied, MCBB held their largest advantage of 12 points late in the third period. CNU cut that lead in half through the final two minutes of the frame, including a last second layup from Bailey Hodges.
Captain Jessica Foster pulled the visitors to within one on her lone three-pointer at 8:04, and a layup off a Meredith misstep 30 seconds later gave CNU their first lead since 4:14 in the second stanza. Coach LaQuanda Quick used a timeout, and Schuh hit the next bucket to retake the lead. The Captains moved back in front on another three and would hold the advantage through the next four minutes.
MCBB would even the score on four occasions during the series but would not regain the lead until Perko hit an and-one with just over two minutes remaining in regulation. Solid defense left Daia Dawkins to close out the game in favor of the Angels with a pair of free throws in the final seconds of play.
Just prior to tipoff, Quick and Athletic Director Jackie Myers presented Schuh with a ball marking her 1000th career point scored in last week's win versus Shaw. With today's totals she ranks 10th all-time at Meredith with 363 field goals made.
The Avenging Angels host Piedmont International University Monday at 6:30 p.m. before enjoying a short break for Thanksgiving.