In the first game in a month, the N.C. Wesleyan women’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season on Monday afternoon.
The Bishops lost, 87-58, to Division I N.C. Central University in a road game in Durham. The Bishops had already defeated a Division I team earlier this season when they took down UNC Greensboro on Dec. 7.
Since that game NCWC lost two exhibition games, then had one month between games before Monday’s loss.
The Bishops (2-1) had trouble scoring as they shot 33 percent while allowing the Eagles to pour in 46 percent of their shots. NCWC held the Eagles to 1-for-10 from 3-point range, but couldn’t stop shots from inside the arc as four Eagles scored in doubles figures.
NCWC, meanwhile, made just 4 of 26 from 3-point range. The Bishops played NCCU tight in the second and third quarters, but a 24-10 deficit after the opening quarter proved too much to overcome.
Senior Myrayna Watkins led the Bishops with a team-high 21 points. It was also a season-high total for the forward. Watkins also added five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Also for the Bishops, sophomore forward Kayrisma Harrison added 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Guard Cydney Nichols finished with 9 points.
Senior shooting guard Kayla Johnson finished with six points and three assists.
The Eagles (2-3) got a game-high 22 points from forward Kiyana Brown, as four of their starters finished in double figures.
The Bishops trailed 42-26 at halftime, yet they didn’t let the deficit grow any larger as each team scored 18 points in the third quarter.
NCWC plays next at 5 p.m. on Friday with a road USA South Conference game at Mary Baldwin. The Bishops will then return home on Sunday for a 2 p.m. tip with Mary Baldwin.