VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University women's basketball team defeated Shenandoah, 66-53, Thursday evening in the Jane P. Batten Student Center. With the victory, the Marlins improve to 9-6 on the season and improve to 6-2 in conference play. The Hornets slide to 6-8 on the year (2-5 ODAC).
It was a strong defensive presence in the first quarter that helped the Marlins get off to a solid start. The Marlins racked up 13 points while keeping the Hornets scoreless for nearly nine minutes. VWU would hold an eight-point lead going into the second and grow that to a double-digit deficit which would be maintained through the halftime intermission.
Coming out of the break, Shenandoah battled back cutting into the Marlin lead a tad, but Jayla Harris went off for nine points in the fourth. Combined with Reagan Holmes' five made baskets from the charity stripe during the final minute, the Marlins were able to secure their third-straight victory.
Harris continued to show her ability to score as her 27 points marked ninth time reaching the 20-point mark. She now ranks seventh among all Division III players for total points this season (306). Aiding in the effort was Sabrina Jones and Mak McSweeney who registered 12 and 11, respectively. Amanda Gerni also pitched in nine points on a trio of 3-pointers.
The Marlins did well on the glass as well, outrebounding their opponent 40-32. Gerni had nine boards to lead the team while Harris and Jones each recorded eight.
Distribution came by way of Holmes on the evening as her five dimes tied a career high.
Women's basketball will return to action at 12 p.m. on Saturday with a home game against Washington and Lee. This will also be the team's "Nancy Kelly Game", a contest that honors former basketball player Nancy Kelly who passed in a car accident in 2016.