Late Rally Sparks OT Win over Generals

Harris hit a decisive three-pointer with 32 seconds left on Friday night.
Harris hit a decisive three-pointer with 32 seconds left on Friday night.

Late Rally Sparks OT Win over Generals

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan College women's basketball team overcame a 13-point second-half deficit to defeat Washington and Lee University in overtime, 72-64, Saturday afternoon in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) action.

The game was held in conjunction with the Virginia Wesleyan Athletic Hall of Fame induction. The ninth class included Rachel Leedom Bradford, Cara Byrd, Christine Clancy Davis, Gary DePalma, and Megan Parris.

The Generals led the game 42-34 at the start of the final period, but a 42.9% fourth-quarter shooting effort, combined with just two turnovers fueled the Marlin rally.

Jayla Harris started the scoring in the fourth with a 3-pointer, before an Alexis Platt free throw on the next trip down the floor cut the deficit to four, 42-38.

The Marlins continued to nip into the lead, limiting the Generals to just two made field goals in the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter. Despite that defensive effort, Washington and Lee continued to lead 53-44 with just 1:56 to play.

Crystal Strother connected on a 3-pointer to make it 53-47, allowing the Marlins to set up a full-court press. Jayla Harris stole the ball away from a W&L guard, resulting in a foul and a pair of made free throws to cut the gap to four.

The Generals worked their way to the free throw line where they continued to convert, leading 57-51 with 46 seconds to play on a pair of Andrea Ferrero makes from the charity stripe.

VWC answered with four straight points, a Platt layup and two free throws by Strother to make the contest 57-55. The Marlins then began to foul the Generals, looking to regain possession. W&L went 3-6 down the stretch, giving the Marlins a chance to come back.

Harris knocked down a three with 17 seconds to play, cutting it to 59-58. Following a made free throw, Harris converted a pair from the charity stripe to tie the game at 60 with 11 seconds to play and force overtime.

Washington and Lee jumped out to a 64-61 lead in overtime, but VWC finished on an 11-0 run to pull away. Harris finished with nine of Virginia Wesleyan's 12 points in the quarter.

Emily Perszyk led Washington and Lee (9-11/5-7) with 25 points before leaving with an injury late in the contest. Ferrero finished with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Harris scored a game-high 35 points to go with five rebounds. Platt added 11 points and eight rebounds off the bench while Strother scored 10 points.

Virginia Wesleyan (12-9/7-5) hosts Randolph-Macon College (10-10/5-7) Tuesday at 7 p.m. in an ODAC tilt.

Notes

The Marlins are 32-16 all-time against Washington and Lee… This is the first time the Marlins have won the season series, where the two play more than once, since 2011-12… This is the fifth time Harris has scored more than 30 points in a game this season, and she has three of the top five scoring performances of all-time… This was the Marlins first overtime game since February 27, 2015, a 78-77 win over Guilford in the ODAC Quarterfinals.