VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University women's basketball team came away with its first conference win of the season Saturday afternoon, toppling Emory & Henry, 74-70, at home. With the victory, the Marlins move to 4-9 on the year and 1-3 in the ODAC. Emory & Henry slides to 9-4 overall (2-2 ODAC).
Offense was the name of the game for both sides as each team opened up the game hot from beyond the arc. The Marlins went 6-for-11 (54.5) from 3-point land over the first 10 minutes with half of those buckets scored by Amanda Gerni. The solid shooting would give VWU a 23-16 lead after one quarter.
After cooling down during the second stanza, the Marlins came out after halftime rejuvenated. Over the 10-minute span, VWU put up 28 points with buckets from eight different players. The real turning point came in the final seconds as Reagan Holmes knocked down a three to give the Marlins a 60-59 lead before the buzzer.
In the fourth, both teams struggled to find a basket as it remained tied at 61 apiece for nearly four minutes. Jayla Harris would make a jump shot with 5:51 on the clock and Holmes found Sierra Coleman underneath the hoop for two, opening up a little lead in the waning moments. Solid defense would help the Marlins keep the lead for the final ticks of the clock, earning them a crucial in-conference victory.
As a team, the Marlins excelled from the floor as they shot a season-high 52.0% from long range and was just one percentage shy of a season high from the field (41.2%). Harris once again shined for VWU, cashing in a team-high 23 points. Also hitting the double-digit point mark was Gerni (13), Holmes (10) and Naeemah Morris (10).
The squad also did well to distribute the ball again, with eight players recording an assist for a total of 15 all together.
Women's basketball returns to action at 7 p.m. on Tuesday as it hits the road for a conference bout against Randolph-Macon.