VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University women's basketball team defeated Randolph-Macon 79-77, in overtime Tuesday afternoon at the Jane P. Batten Student Center. With the victory, the Marlins improve to 10-7 on the year and go to 7-3 in conference action. Randolph-Macon slides to 12-5 on the season (7-3 ODAC).
It was all Yellow Jackets at first as the opposition went on a 13-4 run over the course of the first six minutes. VWU dug in and cut the deficit to just four points before the end of the first stanza. It became the Amanda Gerni show in the second as the senior hit three 3-pointers and a jumper, helping the Marlins take their first lead. The Yellow Jackets kept it close though and the Marlins would go into the locker room down 34-33.
Macon would open up the half on a 9-1 run to give them another sizeable lead, but the Marlins held strong, using a couple key steals by Camahni Kelly. Down five going into the fourth, the Macon was able to maintain the small lead all the way to the 1:45 mark. That's when Gerni snagged an offensive rebound and put it back to regain the Marlin lead, 61-60. The lead changed hands four more times down that stretch and would end up tied, 66-66 at the end of regulation.
Going into the extra time, Gerni picked up where she left off nailing a 3-pointer to put the Marlins up. A Jaelyn Washington jumper then put the squad up four with just 2 minutes to go. The Yellow Jackets pressed on though and tied things up with 25 seconds to go. With the ball in the Marlins hands, Harris was fouled on a jump shot that sent her to the line with two seconds to go. The senior calmly sank both her attempts for the charity stripe to seal the 79-77 victory.
Harris continued her streak of 20-point games (four-straight) with a 26-point performance. She was aided by Gerni, who cashed in a season-high 23 points including six 3-pointers. The Moyock, N.C. native also collected a career-high 11 boards to achieve her first ever double-double.
Women's basketball returns to action at 2 p.m. on Saturday as the squad heads to Guilford for a road contest against the Quakers.