Virginia Wesleyan Edges Bishop Women on Three-pointer at Buzzer

Kayla Johnson
Kayla Johnson

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The NC Wesleyan College women's basketball team lost a thrilling game on Saturday afternoon to Virginia Wesleyan College falling 65-62 on a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer by the Marlins.

NC Wesleyan would be trailing the Marlins 62-59 with 15 seconds left before a Kayla Johnson three-pointer tied the game at 62 with 6 seconds to play. But unfortunately, VWU's hottest shooter Jessica Jennings would make the game-winning three at the final horn to steal a win for the Marlins.

VWU improves to 1-3 with the victory while sending the Bishops to 2-3. Jennings finished with 21 points for VWU on 5 of 8 threes while Johnson scored 15 points on just 3 of 11 shooting from three.

After one quarter, the evenly-matched teams were tied at 15 points apiece before the Bishops outscored the Marlins 18-11in the second quarter to take a 33-26 lead at the intermission.

After another even third quarter saw the teams each score 17 points giving NCWC a 50-43 lead going into the final quarter. Unfortunately for the Bishops, VWU would outscore NCWC 22-12 in the fourth to grab the win. VWU shot 43 percent overall and 40 percent from three while NC Wesleyan shot nearly 36 percent, but struggled from three going just 5 of 22 overall.

Junior forward Kayrisma Harrison led the Bishops with a game-high of 22 points and 12 rebounds for a double double while shooting 10 of 18 from the floor. She also added 2 assists, a steal, and a block while Johnson also added 3 assists.

Sophomore guard Deonna Adams also scored 6 points with 3 boards and 2 helpers while sophomore forward Nadia Simmons scored jsut 4 points with 6 rebounds, 2 assists, a block, and a team-high 3 steals. Guards Areina Harris and Nyesha Best also combined for 9 points and 7 rebounds off the bench while senior point guard Keorra Taylor recorded 3 assists, 4 points and 4 rebounds.

The Bishops get right back into action when they challenge Mary Washington University on the road in Virginia Beach on Sunday at 2 PM.