Virginia Union University’s Alexis Johnson came off the bench to score a game-high 19 points and pull down 10 rebounds as the #9 Lady Panthers defeated previously unbeaten Virginia State University 65-56 on Saturday, January 13, in Barco-Stevens Hall in Richmond, Va.
VUU’s Jayda Luckie returned to form as she poured in 18 points in 29 minutes of play.
Virginia Union’s Jasmine Carter led all players with career-best 12 rebounds in the win. Carter’s previous high-rebound game was 11 boards, set against Gannon and Winston-Salem State University.
The Lady Panthers fought their way back from a 19-11 first quarter deficit to pull within 44-40 at halftime.
After the break, VUU went on an 8-0 run to begin the third quarter and then held VSU to just eight points in the fourth quarter to take the win.
The win was the 15th straight for the Lady Panthers, tying the second-longest win streak in school history. Last year’s squad won a school-record 18 straight games.
Virginia Union is now 15-1 on the season and leads the Northern Division of the CIAA with a 7-0 conference record. VUU is the only remaining unbeaten team in CIAA play.
Virginia State fell to 15-1 overall and 6-1 in CIAA play.
VUU now plays the University of the District of Columbia at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, January 15, in Barco-Stevens Hall in Richmond, Va.