LYNCHBURG, Va. – Taylor Samuels (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) paced the Randolph College women's basketball team with 12 points and six boards as the WildCats dropped a 56-35 decision to ODAC rival Lynchburg College on Wednesday evening in the RAD Center.
Despite Randolph landing first on the scoreboard in the opening period, Lynchburg quickly caught up to the WildCats before making a breakaway off of an 11-4 run for a 15-8 lead heading into the second quarter. The Hornets managed to outscore the WildCats, 16-12 in the second period to secure a 31-20 lead at intermission.
Randolph started to climb its way out of the hole in the third quarter, slicing the deficit to 40-32 at the 45 second mark, but it would be the closest the WildCats would get to the Hornets as Lynchburg dominated the final period, outscoring Randolph 14-3 to seal the final 56-35 tally.
Samuels added four steals and two assists for the WildCats while Maura McMahon (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) and Kalyn Banks (Clinton, Md./From The Heart Christian School) each dished out six points with Jade Jarvis (Sugar Grove, Va./Rural Retreat) chipping in four points off the bench.
"I am really proud of our defensive effort, but we have to score more than 35 points to win," said head coach Andrea Kendall. "However, I would rather have to work on our offense than our defense at this point in the season."
Randolph drops to 3-8, 0-3 ODAC and will look to bounce back on Saturday, Jan. 6 when it heads out on the road to visit Roanoke College. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m.