VIRGINIA BEACH -- Whatever Virginia Wesleyan College coach Stephany Dunmyer said to her troops at halftime of Saturday's non-conference game with the Shorewomen of Maryland's Washington College obviously took root in the second half at the Jane P. Batten Center.
Her halftime words were really an extension of a "talk" with the Marlins during a timeout with 4:22 remaining in the first half with Washington leading 26-19. VWC responded by outscoring the Shorewomen 6-2 the rest of the way to trail just 28-25 at halftime.
Junior Kerri Taylor (Stockport, England/The Hill School, Pa.) nailed a triple for VWC (9-3) to start the scoring in the second half to tie the score, and the Marlins took control the rest of the way en route to a 61-51 victory. Taylor's triple was part of a 24-4 second half scoring surge in a span of 10 minutes, opening uip a 49-32 lead for VWC.
Taylor hit three triples in the run, workhorse Brittany Glasco (Fredericksburg/Massaponax) contributed seven, and Cassie Conley (New Market/Stonewall Jackson) and Nancy Kelly (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney) added four points each to give the Marlins what seemed to be a comfortable lead.
But, a scrappy Washington (2-8) team finished with a surge of its own. Emily Hubley (West Chester, Pa./Northampton), Erin Fitzgerald (Greensboro, N.C./Bishop McGuiness), and Katie Bay (Dowiningtown, Pa./West) helped guide the Shorewomen on a 17-6 run that cut the big deficit to just 55-49 with 2:54 remaining to be played.
Virginia Wesleyan took it all in stride however, and knocked the Shorewomen off the comeback trail when Taylor ripped through her fourth triple of the second half to push the Marlins into a 58-49 lead. Washington never got closer than seven points the remainder of the game.
Taylor scored all 14 of her career-high points in the second half to help in the VWC win, while Glasco turned in one of the best efforts of her career. She finished with a career and game-high 23 points, 10 assists, and nine rebounds. Glasco loomed as a consistent problem for the Washington defense with her ability to drive inside for scores or to hit jumpers from any position on the court. She nailed 9-of-17 attempts overall. Her assists total ties the sixth best in VWC history and is the first double-figure effort since Erin Duckett recorded 11 assists against Randolph-Macon College in 2000.
Conley finished with nine points, six rebounds, and three steals for VWC, and Kelly added eight points.
Hubley led Washington with 18 points, connecting on 8-of-21 field goal attempts. Fitzgerald followed in scoring with eight points. She also recorded a team-leading nine rebounds and three blocks.
VWC helped itself by hitting five triples. The Shorewomen were unable to connect on five attempts from long range, but had a solid day at the free throw lines, hitting 15-of-18 shots. Bay led that effort with a 6-of-6 showing.
Virginia Wesleyan competes again on Saturday, Jan. 11, in Greensboro, N.C., against Guilford College at 2 p.m. in Old Dominion Athletic Conference play. GC is the defending ODAC champion.