Panther Women Make Statement In Home Opener

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FERRUM, Va. — The Ferrum College women’s basketball team came up big on their home floor Tuesday night, topping Eastern Mennonite University 82-41, claiming it’s first win of the season. Every Panther scored for Head Coach Bryan Harvey’s squad.

RECORDS
Ferrum (1-1)
EMU (0-2)

THE BASICS
It was all Ferrum from the start in this one. The opening stanza saw the Panthers put up 28 points, outscoring the Royals 28-10. Aisha Martin had a big quarter for Ferrum, scoring 10 points. Jacy Marvin had a great start as well, scoring eight points to go along with four assists, three rebounds and two steals. Claiborne Poston was responsible for six of the 10 Royal points. Vanessa Gardiner tracked down three rebounds, a team best.

The second quarter saw another offensive burst from the Panthers, putting Ferrum up 47-22 at the halftime break. All five Ferrum starters scored in the second quarter, including a 10-18 team clip from 3-pt land in the half. Cameron Hawkins led the way in the scoring department for the balanced Panther offense, recording six points. Jordan Ellis added four points, and Kayla Cabiness, Martin and Marvin each added three. Constance Komara and Mya Wright each added four points in the Eastern Mennonite second frame.

It was the Panther defense that stood out in the third quarter, holding Eastern Mennonite without a field goal the entire quarter. Cabiness scored seven points, Marvin five and Martin four to lead the Panthers to a 67-28 lead after three complete.

The last stanza saw Sarah Estes recording her first collegiate points with a layup at the 7:53 minute mark. Camille Mangum added seven points off the Panther bench as well to lead all scorers, a season high. McCombs led the way for Eastern Mennonite, recording eight points in the final frame.

KEY STATS
Ferrum: Martin 20 pts, 12 reb, 4 ast; Marvin 16 pts, 7 reb, 6 ast; Cabiness 16 pts; Hawkins 10 pts, 7 reb
EMU: Poston 12 pts; McCombs 10 pts; Gardiner 3 pts, 9 reb

BEHIND THE WHISTLE
“Extremely proud of the team tonight. We really shared the ball and competed hard on the defensive end of the floor. When we do those two things I feel like we can really compete. It was good for players to see what they are capable of when they play hard, play smart, and play together. They are fun to watch when they play like that.” –Head Coach Bryan Harvey

UP NEXT
Coach Harvey’s squad will travel down to Lynchburg, Va. to take on Randolph College Friday, Jan 19. Tip off is set for 4 p.m. in Michels Athletic Center.

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