SALEM, Va. – The #5 Virginia Wesleyan University women's basketball team fell to fifth-seeded Randolph-Macon, 72-66, in overtime Friday afternoon in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) quarterfinal. With the result, the Marlins end the year with a record of 14-12.
The Marlins found themselves in a hole early, going down 10-4 through the game's first seven minutes. The Yellow Jackets would maintain that lead all the way to halftime, entering the intermission up 28-20 over VWU.
It was a slow start to the third for the Marlins as well, trailing by as much as 11 points. But the team made started their comeback with a Jayla Harris 3-pointer at the four-minute mark. From there on out the team went on a 13-3 run to close out the quarter and only trailed Macon 42-40 going into the final stanza. Virginia Wesleyan would take their first lead in the fourth quarter thanks to a hard drive and finish by Jaelyn Washington two minutes in. Over the next two minutes, they would push their lead up to 54-47, putting them in the driver seat as the game neared its end. A couple errant turnovers cost the squad though and The Yellow Jackets forced an overtime period.
With five more minutes on the board, both teams went to work. Macon pulled out to an early lead but an Amanda Gerni 3-pointer drew them even again. Over the course of the first three minutes, the lead would change hands five times. Randolph-Macon would find success at the foul line though and the Marlins were unable to respond, bowing out of the tournament.
Gerni had a solid outing in her last game as a Marlin, putting in a team-high 20 points and 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the year. Harris also played well in her Marlin finale, registering 19 points.
Jada Lewis chipped in on the glass, grabbing a season-high 10 boards as well.