VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University women's basketball team dropped Eastern Mennonite, 76-53, Wednesday evening in the Jane P. Batten Student Center. With the win, the Marlins improve to 11-10 on the season and move to 8-6 in conference play. The Royals slide to 9-12 on the year (6-8 ODAC).
The Marlins got out to a hot start, as Amanda Gerni sank a 3-pointer followed by a Sabrina Jones and Jayla Harris lay up. Five different players would score over the first ten minutes and VWU would enter the second quarter up 15-7. The offense spread into the second quarter, this time with Harris spearheading the effort. The senior hit five buckets for 10 points and also scooped three boards. The Marlins would double up the Royals, 30-15, going into halftime.
With a sizeable lead, the Marlins played some stout defense to deter any chance of a Royal comeback. Jada Lewis picked up a pair of blocks in the third and turned it into four points on the other end. In the fourth, Gerni was hot from beyond the arc knocking down all three of her attempts.
Together, Harris (31 points) and Gerni (24 points) combined for more than the entire Royal squad. Harris went 12-19 from the floor and only missed a single free throw (6-7). Gerni ended making eight of her 15 field goal attempts, six of which coming from 3-point land.
The squad did well to distribute the ball too as Reagan Holmes finished with five dimes and Harris four.
Women's basketball will return to action at 2 p.m. on Saturday as the squad travels to play Hollins.