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Panther Women Come Up Short In Opener

Freshman Kayla Cabiness
Freshman Kayla Cabiness

FERRUM, Virginia -- Ferrum College women's basketball opened the season with a home lose to non-conference foe Mary Baldwin University 68-62 inside Swartz Gymnasium Sunday afternoon.

RECORDS
Ferrum (0-1)
Mary Baldwin (1-0)

THE BASICS
The first quarter saw Mary Baldwin take control early, as they outscored the Panthers 12-9 in the opening ten minutes. Leah Calhoun and Jalen Gathers both added four points each the the Fighting Squirrels cause. Aisha Martin started strong in her Panther debut, notching four points in the quarter for Ferrum.

Calhoun broke out and had a huge second quarter for Mary Baldwin, scoring 14 points in the quarter, including 8-11 from the charity stripe. For the Panthers, Jacy Marvin caught fire to help keep Ferrum in it, as she added nine points of her own in the quarter. Kayla Cabiness also started her Panther campaign out strong with five in the second stanza. The Panthers would head to the locker room trailing Mary Baldwin 28-26 at the halftime break.

Gathers came out shooting in the third, adding 14 points in the quarter and the Fighting Squirrels would regain control of the game. Freshman Cameron Hawkins had a big quarter for Ferrum, recording nine points to go along with six boards. The quarter would close with a six-point Fighting Squirrel advantage, 46-40.

The last stanza would see both Calhoun and Mary Moran help preserve the win for Mary Baldwin, as they added five points apiece in the quarter. Marvin and Cabiness both finished strong for the Panthers, recording seven points each to keep the game within reach, but Ferrum would come up short 68-62

KEY STATS
FERRUM: Marvin 16 pts, 3 ast; Cabiness 15 pts; Hawkins 9 pts, 13 reb; Bunker 9 pts, 10 reb
MBU: Calhoun 24 pts, 9 reb; Gathers 24 pts, 9 reb

BEHIND THE WHISTLE
"I thought our kids played hard enough to win tonight. We weren't as disciplined as we needed to be with our shot selection and our defensive assignments. The difference in winning and losing close games comes down to discipline and execution. We will get better in both of those areas as the season progresses. I liked our effort against a good Mary Baldwin team that is picked to win their league. It is always disappointing to lose a close game but we will learn from this experience and get better. We need a good week of practice before heading to Arlington to play in a tournament next weekend at Marymount University." --Head Coach Bryan Harvey

UP NEXT
Coach Harvey's team will be back in action this weekend in Arlington, Va. as part of the Marymount Tip-Off Tournament November 15-16. The Panthers are set to take on Sage Friday night with game time set for 5 p.m. and their Saturday opponent and game time are TBA.