SALEM, Va. -- Virginia Wesleyan College's women's basketball team scored only four points in the final 5:10 of Saturday's Old Dominion Athletic Conference contest against host Roanoke College and dropped a 63-58 decision to the Maroons.
Despite the loss, the Marlins remain in first place in the ODAC's final standings, sharing the top spot with Eastern Mennonite University. But, Virginia Wesleyan will enter the upcoming ODAC championship tournament as the No. 1 seed by virtue of its two victories over EMU this season. VWC will open tourney play on Thursday, Feb. 23, taking on eighth-seeded Lynchburg College at 1 p.m. at the Civic Center in Salem, Va.
VWC (20-5, 17-3) and Roanoke (8-16, 8-12) played a close game from the start Saturday, with Virginia Wesleyan taking a 28-25 lead at halftime. The Marlins led by six points when Rachael Miller (Sterling, Va./Park View) hit a triple with 11:48 remaining in the game, but could not build on it.
Roanoke came back to take a five point lead, only to see the Marlins come back to tie. The teams played to five ties in the final 10 minutes, with senior Shawnee Lewis (Alexandria, Va./Thomas A. Edison) completing a three-point play to tie the game at 54-all with 5:10 to play.
But, that's when the scoring stopped for VWC. Roanoke outscored VWC 10-4 in the final five minutes to pull out the victory.
Rookie Sarah Seipp (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) led Virginia Wesleyan with 17 points, followed by Lewis with 12. Jocelyn Spencer (Newport News, Va./Hampton Roads Academy) and Kristen Blalock (Suffolk, Va./Portsmouth Christian) added eight points each.
Gwin Paxton led Roanoke with 25 points. Her total included 7-of-9 from the free throw lines, which was part of a 14-of-20 showing overall from the stripes by the Maroons. VWC hit 6-of-6 free throws overall.