Harris Joins 1,000 Point Club as Marlins Down Ferrum
ROCKY MOUNT, Va. -- Junior Jayla Harris made history on Tuesday, joining the 1,000 point club as the Virginia Wesleyan University women's basketball team defeated Ferrum College 67-56 in non-conference action.
Harris entered the contest with 967 career points, needing 33 to reach the exclusive club. She finished with a season-high 34 points, crossing the 1,000 point threshold on a pair of made free throws with 23 seconds remaining to finish off the 67-56 victory. She is the 20th women's basketball player to score 1,000 points in her career, with almost two full seasons to go. The last Marlin to reach the 1,000 point mark was current assistant coach Brittany Glasco '15, who finished her career with 1,119 points.
Virginia Wesleyan controlled the game Tuesday with Ferrum's largest lead coming just 44 seconds into the contest when Zarkia Mattox knocked down a three-pointer. The Marlin defense stepped up on the perimeter after that initial make, forcing the Panthers to go 0-for-13 from distance the remainder of the game. By contrast, the Marlins made nine trifectas, shooting 37.5% from the arc for the game.
The Marlins quickly erased the Ferrum lead with back-to-back three-pointers from Reagan Holmes and Harris. The two squads went back and forth, but neither team could gain much of an advantage on the scoreboard. Ferrum attempted a run in the second half, but the Marlin defense kept the Panthers from gaining more than a one possession edge. Ferrum's last lead came with 8:58 remaining in the fourth quarter when Mattox scored a layup off a Marlin turnover.
Harris answered with a jumper on the next possession to put Virginia Wesleyan back in front. She followed with a three-pointer on the next possession to put VWU up 48-44. Erin March stopped the short spurt for the Marlins, but Harris quickly answered with two more trifectas for a 54-46 edge, the largest of the game up to that point.
Kelsey Mosley scored another layup for Ferrum with six minutes to play, cutting the lead to 54-48, but the Marlin defense held the Panthers without another field goal for three minutes as the lead quickly grew.
Harris was key to the Marlin victory, scoring 22 of her 34 points in the fourth quarter, accounting for all but two of the Marlins' points in the period. She went 7-of-10 from the field, making all three-point attempts while going 5-of-6 from the charity stripe.
March led Ferrum (1-1) with 21 points and seven rebounds as Mattox added 16 points and eight boards.
Virginia Wesleyan (2-2) travels to Stevenson University (1-2) Sunday for a 2 p.m. non-conference start.