Marlins Come Back To Top Shorewomen, 61-51

Marlins Come Back To Top Shorewomen, 61-51

Hubley With 18 Points and Eight Rebounds

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Host Virginia Wesleyan outscored visiting Washington College 36-23 in the second half to turn a 28-25 deficit into a 61-51 victory on Saturday afternoon in a non-conference women's basketball game at the Batten Center.  The Marlins improve to 9-3 on the season, while the Shorewomen slip to 2-8.

Washington scored the first six points of the game and raced out to a 12-2 lead just 4:50 into the ballgame on a jumper in the paint by sophomore forward Carley Kendall (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area).  The 10-point lead was Washington's biggest of the ballgame.  Virginia Wesleyan countered with a 14-6 run of its own to cut the WC lead to 18-16 with 7:38 remaining in the first half on a Katie Tassa jumper.  The Shorewomen answered with a 10-3 run to take a 28-19 lead with 2:22 remaining in the first half on a Kendall jumper in the paint.  However, the Marlins scored the last six points of the first half to cut the lead to 28-25.  Brittany Glasco, who had 12 points in the opening half, sank a jumper with 35 ticks left for the final bucket of the half.

The Marlins scored seven of the first nine points of the second half to take their first lead at 32-30 just 91 seconds into the second half on a jumper in the paint by Nancy Kelly.  Virginia Wesleyan led 35-32 with 15:58 left in the game when they scored the next 14 points to take control of the game at 49-32 with 10:03 remaining in the game on a pair of Cassie Conley free throws.  Glasco scored seven of the team's 14 points during the run and the 17-point lead was the biggest of the contest.

However, the Shorewomen battled back to cut the Marlins' lead to 55-49 with 2:54 left on a jumper in the paint by senior forward Latisha Pledger (Cheasapeake, Va./Indian River).  But the Marlins' Kerri-Leanne Taylor answered with a three-pointer from the left-corner to beat the shot clock to make it 58-49 with 2:22 left.  The closest WC would get the rest of the way was eight points.

Glasco just missed a triple-double as she had game-bests of 23 points and 10 assists, while tying for game-high in rebounds with nine for the Marlins.  Taylor added 14 points for the host, while Conley had three steals to lead all players.  The Marlins shot 35% from the floor (23-for-66), 22% from three-point range (5-for-23) and 71% from the foul line (10-for-14).  Virginia Wesleyan forced 24 turnovers, while only losing the ball 11 times and outscored WC 19-10 in points off turnovers.

Junior guard Emily Hubley (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) had 18 points to lead the Shorewomen and grabbed eight rebounds.  Senior forward Erin Fitzgerald (Greensboro, N.C./Bishop McGuiness) had nine boards to tie for game-high and her and Hubley each had two steals to lead WC.  Washington shot 36% from the floor (18-for-50) and 83% from the charity stripe (15-for-18).  The Shorewomen missed all five of their three-point attempts.  The guests held a 44-33 edge on the boards.

Washington is back on the court on Wednesday night when they travel to Dickinson for an 8:00 p.m. Centennial Conference game.