VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – After 14 days of rest, the Virginia Wesleyan University women's basketball team showed no signs of rust as it downed Randolph, 76-56, Wednesday evening in the Jane P. Batten Student Center. With the victory, the Marlins improve to 7-6 overall and 4-2 in conference action. The Wildcats drop to 3-9 on the season (1-4 ODAC).
To begin the game, the Marlins found themselves hot from beyond the arc, cashing in four 3-pointers including two from Amanda Gerni. Sabrina Jones would go to work in the paint as well, registering nine points. In the second stanza, it would be Jones again tacking on six points to help the Marlins take a 36-29 lead into the intermission.
Jones' 15 first half points would already set her record in a Marlin uniform, but the transfer sophomore was far from done. She counted to pound the paint, picking up a 10 more points to lead all scorers with 25 at the final buzzer. And it wasn't just her scoring. The Fredericksburg, Va. native cleaned the glass too, corralling 12 boards to give her her first career double-double.
Between Jones and the other nine Marlins who recorded a basket, the Wildcats were unable to pose a threat.
Chipping in on the offense was Jayla Harris and Amanda Gerni, who came away with 12 and 15 points, respectively. The team also combined for a season-high 19 assists compared to just 10 turnovers. Reagan Holmes had a team-high, and matched a career-high, with five.
The Marlins also dominated the boards, holding a +20 (55-35) advantage over their opponent. Jones' previously mentioned 12 led everyone, but Gerni, Harris and Danielle Lehner all pitched in with seven a piece.
Women's basketball will return to action at 2 p.m. on Saturday as the team heads to Roanoke for a battle with the Maroons.