Women's Basketball Cruises to Conference Victory in Annual Nancy Kelly Game

Women's Basketball Cruises to Conference Victory in Annual Nancy Kelly Game

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University women's basketball team downed Randolph, 70-37, Saturday afternoon in the Jane P. Batten Student Center. This marks the third-straight win for the Marlins, improving their record to 7-10 overall and 4-4 in conference play. Randolph moves to 4-12 on the year (1-7 ODAC).

Before the game, the team remembered former Marlin, Nancy Kelly, who tragically lost her life in a car accident two years ago. Kelly was a strong advocate of organ donating and to pay tribute, the team walked on to the court with organ donor recipients as the starting line ups were called.  

It was a lopsided victory with Randolph only holding possession of the lead for two minutes in the first stanza. The Marlins had 15 different players record a point on the evening led by Jayla Harris' 19. Among those 15 was also Bethany Arrington, who nailed a three from the top of the key to earn her first points of her career. Also, Virginia Wesleyan progressively got better as it's field goal percentage increased every quarter, going from just shooting 26.7% in the first to 60.0% in the final.

Handling the ball came at an easy to the Marlins as for the second time in as many games they held a +1.0 assist-to-turnover ratio, recording a season-high 21 assists compared to a season-low nine turnovers. Leading the way on that front was Kerri Wasko and Raya Berkley, who both came away with four dimes.

Even more impressive than the team's offense was its defensive showing. The squad held the Wildcats to 23.2% shooting from the floor and just allowed a single 3-pointer all game (1-for-13). As for ball pressure, the Marlins forced 22 turnovers, 10 of which came from steals. In all, the 37 points the defense gave up was the lowest since Nov. 27, 2016 when the squad held Hollins to just 33.

Women's basketball returns to action at 7 p.m. on Tuesday as the prepares for aa tilt with Eastern Mennonite.