ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. - The Virginia Wesleyan University women's basketball team fell, 68-61, to North Carolina Wesleyan College Sunday afternoon on the road. With the loss, the Marlins move to 1-5 on the season while the Battling Bishops improve to 4-1.
The first quarter was controlled by the Marlins as they outscored their opponent, 21-16. Offense was spread evenly as six different Virginia Wesleyan players scored including six from Jessica Jennings. N.C. Wesleyan stormed back though, using some stifling defense to hold the Marlins to just six second quarter points. VWU would trail 29-26 going into halftime.
The quarter was played tightly, with the visiting team staying within two baskets the entire time. Sabrina Jones knocked down a lay up with just under three minutes remaining, knotting things up at 42-42, but the Battling Bishops came out on top going into the fourth. During the final stanza, the Marlins continued to battle but were unable to make up the difference.
A trio of players finished the night in double-digit scoring including a team-high 17 from Jennings. Right behind her was Jones and Mak McSweeney who both finished with 13.
Jones would finish with her first double-double of the season as she collected 10 boards and McSweeney would only be two rebounds away as she registered eight.
Women's basketball returns to action again at 2 p.m. on Saturday as the team travels to Randolph for an ODAC showdown with the WildCats.