VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Virginia Wesleyan University women's basketball team dropped a tight contest to Shenandoah, 63-59, on the road Wednesday evening. With the result, the Marlins move to 10-9 on the year while sliding to 7-5 in conference action.
Women's Basketball Edged By Shenandoah on the Road
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Jan 23, 2019
Over the course of the first 20 minutes, the two sides played relatively even basketball. The Marlins found themselves up three at the end of the first quarter, but going into the half, the Hornets were able to knot everything up at 30-30.
In the third quarter, the Virginia Wesleyan did its best to separate themselves. The Hornets got a little bit of a lead, but the final 4:30 of the stanza was dominated by the road squad as the Marlins when on a 14-3 run.
The Marlins held a 48-43 lead going into the final quarter, but were unable to capitalize at the charity stripe. Shenandoah would creep back, using solid defense that prevented VWU from scoring for nearly six minutes. The Hornets would go on top with 3:30 to go and would hold that lead until the final buzzer. The two sides played the foul game for a bit, but Shenandoah's two-possession lead held strong.
Jayla Harris turned in another solid offensive display, churning out 20 points and a pair of dimes. Amanda Gerni chipped in as well as she registered her third double-double in as many games (11pts, 10 reb.)
Women's basketball will return to action at 2 p.m. on Saturday as the team welcomes Emory & Henry to the Batten Center for another conference showdown.