VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University women's basketball team defeated Eastern Mennonite, 66-59, Saturday afternoon in the Jane P. Batten Student Center. With the win, the Marlins improve to 11-12 overall and 8-6 in conference play. Eastern Mennonite falls to 12-10 on the season (7-7 ODAC).
The Marlins set the tone early as they went on a 9-0 run over the first 5:43 of play. EMU would start to score after that though as the teams exchanged baskets to finish out the quarter. The second period emulated the first, with the Marlins able to keep the Royals at bay for a majority of the frame but EMU closed out the half on a 12-4 run cutting the home side's deficit to just six at the half.
After a tight-knit third, the senior class showed up to put a stamp on the win. With five minutes to go, Coach Dunmyer instituted some full court press which caused a Royal turnover at midcourt. Caldwell picked up the ball and missed lay up, but Morris was there to clean up, grabbing the offensive board, sinking a lay in and converting on the "and-1" opportunity. With time dwindling down, Phillips made her way on to the scoresheet as she sunk two from the line to increase the lead to 12 points. Caldwell would then put the exclamation point on it as she swished a one from long range with just a minute left on the clock.
As previously stated, it was a big day for the seniors as both Caldwell (20) and Morris (15) finished with season highs in their last ever home game. Also pitching in on the day was Reagan Holmes, who had 11.
Women's basketball returns to action at 7 p.m. on Wednesday as the squad heads to Shenandoah for another ODAC match up.