SALEM, Va. - The Virginia Wesleyan University women's basketball pick up their second-straight win of 2019, downing Roanoke, 79-76, Saturday afternoon on the road. With the victory, the Marlins improve to 8-6 on the season and 5-2 in conference action. The Maroons slide to 9-5 on the year (2-5 ODAC).
This was a tight battle until roughly the fourth quarter. After the first 10 minutes of play, the two sides were even at 14 points a piece. An 11-3 run by VWU to start the second stanza helped carve the Marlins a healthy lead, allowing them to be up 33-30 going into halftime.
It was close all the way in the third with neither team able to take more than a possession lead until the final minute as Camahni Kelly and Amanda Gerni hit back-to-back 3-pointers to go up six. In the fourth, the Marlins pulled away by 12 with just under five minutes left and seemed to have the game put away. The Maroons chipped away to make it interesting but VWU held off any chance of them completing the comeback.
Jayla Harris continued her steller season, recording a team-high 28 points including going perfect from the free-throw line (8-8) and from beyond the arc (2-2). Amanda Gerni pitched in 14 points (4-8 from 3-point) and 12 from Reagan Holmes.
Defensively, the team matched its season-high in steals with 13, including four from both Jada Lewis and Jayla Harris. Sabrina Jones chipped in underneath as well as she hauled in a team-high nine boards.
Women's basketball will return to action at 7 p.m. on Thursday as the team hosts Shenandoah at the Jane P. Batten Student Center.