UVI women get victory in PR

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The University of the Virgin Islands women's basketball team earned its second victory of the season Friday, but it was the first one played on the court.

After earning a forfeit victory in the home opener, the visting Buccaneers topped the University of Puerto Rico-Carolina on Friday, 52-38.

The men lost to UPR-Carolina, 89-83.

Veronique Llanos scored 13 points in the win for the UVI women, and Shayna Stewart and Johvanna John scored 10 points apiece for the Buccaneers (2-2).

"We played with more confidence and intensity," UVI women's coach Angelina J. Prince said. "It wasn't our best shooting game but taking it to the hole and building that aggression and intensity worked in our favor."

Mireya Romero led Carolina with 18 points.

"The ladies showed growth and improvement," Prince said. "We forced more turnovers and rebounded better."

The Bucs did not shoot well from 3-point land - 1 for 13 (5.5 percent) - or from the free-throw line - 15 of 30 (50 percent) - but did enough to get the victory.

Asenee Flaherty had eight rebounds for UVI.

The UVI men were tied 40-40 at halftime but ran out of steam late, a theme for coach Ryan Skinner's Buccaneers in their first five games - all losses.

"We try hard, but we had eight players travel with us, and every time, man, we just run out of gas," Skinner said.

"They work really hard, and it was tied at half. But after that, we were just a step too slow."

Collin Pfingst had 29 points and 16 rebounds for the Bucs, and Chris Lockhart added 12 points.

Carolina scored 31 points in the third quarter to take a commanding lead and then were able to hold off a UVI comeback in the fourth.

Wesley Rivera led Carolina with 43 points, many coming in the decisive third quarter, Skinner said.

"We didn't rebound well, and we turned the ball over too much," Skinner said. "It was the same story.

"(Assistant coach Burt) Chesterfield and I have a lot of work to do in the offseason," Skinner said, referring to recruiting more players.

UVI returns to action today with another doubleheader, this time at UPR-Bayamon. The women play at 4:30 p.m. with the men following.

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