The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) women’s basketball team fell 73-48 to Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) foe Rust College on Alumni Night on Thursday at the Elridge Blake Sports and Fitness Center. The Lady Buccaneers drop to 2-17 on the season and 2-13 in GCAC play.

The loss came on a night that honored the past, celebrated the present, and welcomed the future Buccaneers to the University’s campus. Special honorees on the night included the 2003 ODI Conference champion Lady Buccaneers team as their banner was unveiled in the arena, as well as the venue’s namesake, Mr. Elridge Wilburn Blake who was credited with the creation of UVI athletics. 

Freshman guard Ashukamayah Phillips led the Buccaneers offensively with 13 points.

Graduate guard Brea Patterson added 11 points, joining Phillips as the only other Lady Buccaneer in double-digits.

Junior forward Kashay Bass recorded seven points, eight rebounds, and three blocks on the night. Bass leads the GCAC in blocks per game averaging 1.6 per contest.

For the Lady Bearcats, Niya McGuire led the way with 18 points.

The Lady Buccaneers will host the Lady Bulldogs of Tougaloo College in their final regular-season game at the Sports and Fitness Center on Saturday, February 17. In their previous matchup this season, the Lady Bulldogs cruised to a 76-48 win over the Lady Buccaneers. Action tips off at 4 p.m.

About UVI Athletics

The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and, as of July 1, 2023, competes in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Entering the 2023-24 season, the Buccaneers will begin their 17th season of athletic competition. As the only Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in the Caribbean, UVI currently sponsors six sports, including men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s basketball, and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field. For more information on UVI Athletics, visit