HARRISONBURG, Va. - The Virginia Wesleyan University women's basketball team was narrowly edged, 65-64, by Eastern Mennonite Wednesday night on the road. With the loss, the Marlins move to 3-4 overall and 1-1 in conference play. The Royals improve to 2-4 on the season (1-1 ODAC).
It was a slow start for the Marlins as the squad found themselves down by as much as 12 points in the first 15 minutes of play. VWU started to heat up though, narrowing the lead to just five going into the halftime intermission.
Going into the second half, the Marlins showed more spark, taking the lead for the first time since the opening minute. The two sides would exchange blows all the way until the five minute mark of the fourth quarter. A few errant passes led to the Royals going up five points but back-to-back three pointers from Jayla Harris and Reagan Holmes put the Marlins up one with just moments left on the clock. Eastern Mennonite would retake the lead in the final seconds giving the Marlins a shot to win it with seven seconds left. Harris got a contested shot off but it wouldn't fall, leading to the squad's first conference loss of the season.
The offense went primarily through Harris as she led all scorers on the floor with 24 points, including four from beyond the arc. Mak McSweeney pitched in as well, leading the team in rebounds (6) while setting a season high in points (10).
Women's basketball returns to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday as the team travels to Ferrum another ODAC match up.