LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University women's basketball team defeated Randolph, 67-53, Saturday afternoon in the team's regular season finale. With the win, the Marlins will take a record of 14-11 (11-7 ODAC) into the post season. That is good enough for the fifth seed in the ODAC Championship, meaning the team will take on fourth-seeded Randolph-Macon at 3 p.m. on Friday in the Salem Civic Center.
It was a historical day for the Marlins, in particular Jayla Harris, who become the program's all-time leading scorer. The senior, hit a 3-pointer in the waning moments of the fourth quarter, that gave her 18 points on the evening and 1,912 on her career. The career mark passed the 1,910 points set by Amy Simpson ('86) which stood for over 33 years.
Switching back to the start of the game, the Marlins and Wildcats played tightly throughout the first quarter with neither side taking more than a one possession lead. The second quarter mimicked the first with both sides exchanging buckets. Overall, eight lead changes occurred with the Marlins edging Randolph 32-30 going into halftime.
Coming out of the locker room, VWU felt solid as they opened the stanza on a 12-1 run. That run would help the team secure the win as Randolph was unable to get back into the game offensively.
The Marlins dominated the glass all game, holding a +13 (47-34) rebound margin at the final buzzer. Gerni, registered 10 rebounds on the day, giving her her fourth double-double of the year. Mak McSweeney was just one point and one rebound shy of a double-double, coming away with nine in both statistical categories.