BUENA VISTA, Va. – Despite holding a 38-35 lead at halftime, the Randolph College women's basketball team ultimately fell to host Southern Virginia University, 78-69, on Tuesday evening in the Knight Sports Arena.
The opening period saw several ties and lead changes with Southern Virginia eventually claiming a 20-19 edge over the WildCats, but Randolph managed to tie the score to 22-all as Kalyn Banks (Clinton, Md./From The Heart Christian School) completed a three-point play at the 8:10 mark.
Although the Knights would take hold of the lead shortly after for a 35-26 margin, the score would land in Randolph's favor as the WildCats pulled off a 12-0 run to secure a 38-35 edge heading into halftime.
As the third quarter commenced, the WildCats saw their lead diminish quickly as the Knights sliced the deficit to 40-39 before taking a two-point lead shortly after. Southern Virginia would not hold the lead for long as the WildCats locked the score at 42-all at the 3:44 mark, but the Knights would regain the advantage once against as they jumped ahead for a 56-45 margin. A 9-0 push by the WildCats placed Randolph behind by two (56-54), however a last second bucket handed the Knights a 59-54 edge heading into the final quarter.
Randolph pushed a 4-0 run early in the final period to trail the Knights, 59-58. Southern Virginia continued to remain just out of reach as it extended its lead to 66-58 with under five minutes left of game play. The WildCats slowly chipped away at the Knights' lead, corralling the score to 68-65, but it would be the closest Randolph could get as a 10-4 rally by Southern Virginia handed the Knights the 79-68 home victory.
Banks shot 8-of-12 from the floor and converted 4-of-7 shots from the line to put up a team-high 20 points while adding 10 rebounds to notch a double-double. Sarah Wright (Mechanicsville, Va./Hanover) recorded 12 points off the bench for the Randolph offense with Taylor Samuels (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) and Daijah Johnson (Beltsville, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) tallying 11 points apiece for the WildCats while Alexis Calloway (Williamsburg, Va./Bruton) pulled down 14 boards, including 11 defensive rebounds.
Randolph (2-2) will take a break for the Thanksgiving holiday before returning to the court on Tuesday, Nov. 28 when it opens Old Dominion Athletic Conference play at Eastern Mennonite University. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.