VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University women's basketball team fell to Washington and Lee, 86-76, Saturday afternoon in the Jane P. Batten Student Center. With the result, the Marlins move to 9-7 on the year and 6-3 in conference action. The Generals improve to 10-6 on the season (6-3 ODAC).
It was a tough start for the Marlins as the team found itself down 17-3 five minutes into the contest. The lead did not discourage the team though as they began to slowly chip away, trailing 27-15 after the first quarter. The comeback spilled into the second quarter and with a Mak McSweeney free throw, the Marlins nullified that early run as they took the lead with just under two minutes to go. A couple General buckets in the final seconds gave them a 38-33 lead going into halftime.
Washington and Lee came out hot once again to start a period, this time going on a 14-2 run over the first 4:30 of the third. This Virginia Wesleyan to play catch up the rest of the game. The Marlins chipped away at the deficit but time ran out on any type of comeback.
Jayla Harris continued to cash in on the offensive side, going for 26 points on the day. Reagan Holmes was hot from the field, turning in a season-high 17 points. Those two combined with Amanda Gerni for all 11 of the squad's assists.
Underneath the hoop, Jaelyn Washington performed well as her seven boards tied a career high. She was aided by Holmes who finished with seven herself.
Women's basketball returns to action at 7 p.m. on Tuesday as the team takes on Randolph-Macon at home.