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Bishops edged at buzzer

Virginia Wesleyan wins on clutch 3-pointer

Posted on November 21, 2021

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Kayla Johnson dribbles the ball during N.C. Wesleyan’s Saturday matchup with Virginia Wesleyan College. Johnson finished the game with 15 points. The Battling Bishops lost 65-62.

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Kayla Johnson dribbles the ball during N.C. Wesleyan’s Saturday matchup with Virginia Wesleyan College. Johnson finished the game with 15 points. The Battling Bishops lost 65-62.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The N.C. Wesleyan College women’s basketball team lost a thrilling game to Virginia Wesleyan College on Saturday, falling 65-62 on a game-winning Marlins three-pointer at the buzzer.

N.C. Wesleyan trailed the Marlins 62-59 with 15 seconds left before a Kayla Johnson three-pointer tied the game at 62 with six seconds to play.

VWU’s hottest shooter, Jessica Jennings, made the game-winning three at the final horn to steal a win for the Marlins.

VWU improved 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 the three-point line.

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 intermission.

An 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% overall and 40% from three while N.C. Wesleyan shot nearly 36% 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 two assists, a steal and a block, while Johnson chipped in three assists.

Sophomore guard Deonna Adams scored 6 points with three boards and two helpers while sophomore forward Nadia Simmons scored 4 points with six rebounds, two assists, a block and a team-high three steals.

Guards Areina Harris and Nyesha Best also combined for 9 points and seven rebounds off the bench, while senior point guard Keorra Taylor recorded three assists, 4 points and four rebounds.

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