WINCHESTER, Va. – In a game that saw the score tie 10 times, the Randolph College women's basketball team ultimately fell to host and Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) rival Shenandoah University, 62-60, on Monday evening in Shingleton Gymnasium.
The opening period foreshadowed how close of a game it would be as both teams volleyed back and forth with the lead before Shenandoah jumped ahead with a slim 14-11 edge. However, the Hornets' lead would be cut further as Daijah Johnson (Beltsville, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) put up a basket to make it a 14-13 score at the end of the first quarter.
Despite the Hornets taking a brief 16-13 lead in the start of the second quarter, Randolph soon pulled ahead off of a 9-0 run for a 22-16 advantage with 5:22 remaining in the half. The Hornets were able to trim the deficit to 22-20 before leveling the score to 22-all at the 1:28 mark. Kalyn Banks (Clinton, Md./From The Heart Christian School) put up a jumper to hand the WildCats a slight 24-22 advantage but Shenandoah responded shortly after to tie it up at 24-all at intermission.
The WildCats landed on the board first in the third period and maintained, at least, a two-point advantage over the Hornets but Shenandoah managed to tie the score several times before taking a 41-39 lead at the close of the quarter.
In the final period, the Hornets built up their lead to 54-45 with 4:36 remaining in the game. The WildCats chipped away at the score, reeling in Shenandoah to a 57-54 margin at the 1:55 mark before taking a timeout to regroup. As time started to run down, tough offensive pressure placed the WildCats behind the Hornets, 60-59, with 13 seconds left on the clock but a Randolph foul sent Shenandoah to the line where the Hornets extended their lead to 62-59.
With just two seconds remaining, Randolph saw an opportunity to send the game into overtime as a Shenandoah foul sent Sarah Wright (Mechanicsville, Va./Hanover) to the line. However, Randolph could only connect on one of two shots as time expired to give the Hornets the final 62-60 tally.
Johnson paced the offense with 11 points while adding six assists, three steals and one block. Taylor Samuels (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) chipped in nine points for the WildCats while Banks, Maura McMahon (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) and Jade Jarvis (Sugar Grove, Va./Rural Retreat) each tallied eight points and Alexis Calloway (Williamsburg, Va./Bruton) pulled down a game-high 12 boards.
Randolph drops to 3-4, 0-2 ODAC and are back home in the RAD Center on Saturday, Dec. 9 when they host Mid-Atlantic Christian University in a 2 p.m. non-conference contest.