VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University women's basketball team fell, 81-77, in overtime to Bridgewater Wednesday night in the Jane P. Batten Student Center. With the loss, the team moves to 3-9 on the year and are still searching for its first ODAC victory (0-3). Bridgewater improves to 6-5 on the year and 2-1 in conference play.
After 3:20 of play, the Marlins found themselves down 8-6 to the Eagles and this would be the last time until the overtime period that Bridgewater held the lead. VWU responded a minute later as Jayla Harris cashed in a jumper, followed almost immediately by an Amanda Gerni lay in at the 5:23 mark. The Eagles would come close but wouldn't be able to regain the lead for another 37 minutes and 59 seconds when in OT they hit a bucket to go up 72-71. Unfortunately for the Marlins, that was all that was needed as Bridgewater would go on to take the extra time win.
One of the major contributing factors to the Marlins solid play was their ability to distribute the ball. The team finished with a season-high 16 total assists, including career highs from Reagan Holmes (5), NiAisia Caldwell (4) and Tiera Johnson (3).
The Marlins also finished with three double-digit scorers with Harris recording a team-high 19 points. Caldwell pitched in 14 on the evening while Johnson came away with career-high 10.
Controlling the paint for VWU was Naeemah Morris and Caldwell, who each pulled in seven boards.
Women's basketball returns to the hardwood at 2 p.m. on Saturday as it hosts Emory & Henry for some more ODAC action.