Virginia Union University’s Shareka McNeill scored 23 points as the Lady Panthers defeated Barry University 82-58 on the second day of the Nova Southeastern University Thanksgiving Classic on Saturday, November 24, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Virginia Union’s Ifunanya Okoye added 20 points in the win.
VUU (ranked No. 12 nationally) led by as much as 24 in the game and scored the last seven points of the contest.
The win completed a three-game sweep of Florida teams for the Lady Panthers. VUU had defeated Palm Beach Atlantic University and Nova Southeastern before downing Barry.
“I am thrilled that our players completed a sweep of our Florida tour,” said VUU Head Coach AnnMarie Gilbert. “Barry jumped out on us early but we regained our composure, made some key adjustments in our defense and finished strong. We were led today by Shareka McNeill with 23 points, Iffy Okoye with 20 points in 22 minutes off the bench and Kishona Sutton with 10 rebounds. Rejoice Spivey contributed 10 points while Nicole Floyd and Bianca Lockamy added nine points apiece.”
Spivey also dished off a team-high seven assists.
The win kept VUU perfect at 6-0 on the season while Barry fell to 2-3.
Virginia Union now travels to Winston-Salem, N.C., to compete in the WSSU Red-White Classic. The Lady Panthers will face Bluefield State College at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 30, and then face Benedict College at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 1.