ASHLAND, Va. - The Virginia Wesleyan University women's basketball team fell, 68-62, to Randolph-Macon on the road Tuesday evening. With the result, the Marlins move to 13-11 on the season and go to 10-7 in conference action. Macon improves to 17-7 on the season (12-5 ODAC).
After the first a pretty even first five minutes, the Marlins went on a 9-0 run courtesy of Amanda Gerni and Jayla Harris. This run would help the squad maintain a 20-13 lead going into quarter number two. VWU would push its lead all the way up to 12 points in the early goings but the Yellow Jackets continued to chip away and narrowed it to just a three point, 35-32, deficit at the halftime intermission.
In the third, Randolph-Macon would take its first lead since the 8:21 mark in the first quarter but the game would remain nearly dead-even. Down five going into the final stanza, the Marlins would knot things up at 61-61 with 4:07 to go. The score would remain tied for another two minutes, but a couple costly Marlin turnovers in the final minute would allow the Yellow Jackets to take the lead and eventually the win.
Despite the loss, Harris and Gerni had exceptional nights. Harris led the team in both points (26) and rebounds (5), while Gerni had 18 points including four from long range. Also chipping in on the evening was Mak McSweeney, who went 5-6 from the field for 10 points.
Women's basketball will return to action at 2 p.m. on Saturday as the team goes to Randolph for the regular season finale.