TRUJILLO ALTO, PUERTO RICO - The Virginia Wesleyan University women's basketball found opening day success in Puerto Rico as the team defeated Hanover University, 75-73, in overtime Tuesday afternoon. With the win, the Marlins improve to 6-5 on the season.
Cutting right to the end of the fourth quarter, Hanover found itself with a one point lead with just 1:25 left in regulation. A Jayla Harris jumper would regain the lead for VWU roughly a minute to go on the clock. A pair of fouls sent the Panthers to the charity stripe in back-to-back possessions would put them up by two points, giving the Marlins one final chance to tie up the ball game. Senior Jaelyn Washington stepped up in that time, drawing a foul and sinking to free throws to tie it up with just 12 ticks on the clock.
In the overtime period, the two sides exchanged baskets to open it up but Amanda Gerni nailed a three to give the Marlins a little edge at the midway point. The Panthers would get within one point but some more clutch free throws sealed up the win for the Marlins.
Harris led the team in scoring once again, registering 24 on the day. She was followed closely by Gerni who registered 19 and Washington who recorded a career-high 11.
Underneath the hoop, the Marlins dominated as they held a +10 advantage over Hanover (53-43). Gerni nabbed a team-high eight boards while Sabrina Jones hauled in seven to go along with 10 points.
Women's basketball will return to action tomorrow at 12 p.m. EST as the team takes on the University of Mary Washington for their second game of the Puerto Rico Classic.