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Roanoke, VA: Both Virginia Western Basketball teams lost close games to the Thomas Nelson Gators on Friday in the Humanities Gymnasium. The Women’s team came short 73-81 in the 6:00 PM Game which saw the Rapids trade leads with Thomas Nelson, with game staying within 6 points almost the entire game. Virginia Western trailed 51-55 with 12:00 in the 2nd half, but Thomas Nelson Forwards continuously knocked down mid-range jumpers to keep the Gators ahead. Freshman Guard Kelly King scored 23 Points with 8 Rebounds, 5 Assists, and 2 Steals. The backcourt of Latisha Martin and Melanie Mirzayan combined for 36 Points and 18 rebounds, while Guard Nina Edwards pressured the Gators backcourt the entire 2nd half. Edwards had a team high 4 steals. The Rapids last home game of the fall is Sunday against conference opponent Tidewater CC at 1:00 PM
The Men’s game saw the Rapids outside shooting keeping Virginia Western within 2 possession of the Gators throughout the night. Top 15 scorer in the nation Damien Harris contributed 28 points, 5 Rebounds, and 4 Assists. Sophomore Guard Troy Lambert scored 17 Points, and Freshman Robert Hudson put in 12 points. Only down 4 with 1:30 left in the game the Rapids were unable to capitalized on Thomas Nelson’s free throw miss, losing 73-78 at the buzzer. Despite the loss, the Rapids are 2nd in the nation in 3-Point baskets made, average 10.2 per game. Virginia Western’s last home game of the fall semester is Saturday, December 12 against conference opponent Central Carolina CC at 3:00 PM.
Waynesboro, VA: Virginia Western lost to Fishburne Military Academy 88-114 in Alumni Memorial Gymnasium on Wednesday. The Rapids stayed close to the Caissons the entire first half, staying within 13 points, and entered halftime with a score of 44-57. Virginia Western came out fast in the second period, cutting the lead to nine, but Fishburne’s defense allowed the Caissons to pull away with steals and timely rebounding. Sophomore Damien Harris had a team high 19 points. The Rapids' next game is at New River Community College, November 20 at 7:30 PM.
Martinsville, VA: The Rapids Women's Basketball team lost to Patrick Henry 68-83 Thursday on Patrick Henry CC's campus. Virginia Western fought the Patriots to a 22-29 halftime score. It was a balance offensive attack as four Rapids players scored over 12 points. But later turnovers allowed Patrick Henry to stay ahead in the 2nd half. The frontcourt of Latisha Martin and Melanie Mirzayan combined for 30 points and 13 rebounds. Virginia Western Guard duo of Morgan Hufford and Kelly King played tough with a combined 26 points, 15 assists, and 6 steals. The Rapids' next game is at home against conference opponent Wake Tech Community College on Saturday, November 15 at 3:00 PM.
The Rapids Women’s Basketball team finishes its final scrimmage to prepare for the start of the 2014-15 season. The team will look for leadership from their Sophomore Forward Melanie Mirzayan who lead the Rapids in 3-Point scoring, making 30 3-point baskets while shooting 73.9% from the free throw line. Sophomore Guard, and James River High grad, Morgan Hufford looks to lead the Rapids backcourt averaging 10.4 points, 3.1 steals, and 2.6 rebounds in her last season totals. Freshman Latisha Martin (Franklin County) will look to lead the Rapids defense in rebounding and block shots. Virginia Western begins its season with the Battle of I-220 down at Patrick Henry CC at 6:00 PM. The Men’s team will follow up as a double header Thursday at 8:00 PM.
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