SALEM, Va. – Despite a second period comeback to tie the score at halftime, the Randolph College women's basketball team ultimately fell to host and Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) foe Roanoke College, 62-50, on Saturday afternoon in the Cregger Center.
The WildCats trailed the Maroons, 13-4 at the conclusion of the first quarter but soon climbed their way out of the hole with a 10-1 run to even the score at 14-all before jumping ahead with the lead for the first time, gaining a 20-16 advantage at the 5:54 mark. As time ran down, the WildCats were able to hold on to the lead a little longer but were soon overtaken by the Maroons, who grabbed a 25-23 margin with 45 seconds remaining.
However, a made layup by Kalyn Banks (Clinton, Md./From The Heart Christian School) shortly after leveled the playing field to 25-all as both teams headed into the locker rooms for halftime.
At the start of the third period, the score remain tight until the WildCats were able to pull away for a slight 36-31 advantage. The Maroons eventually closed the gap to 36-33 before making it a 36-all game off of a 3-point shot at the 5:13 mark. Both teams would trade points to keep the score close but Roanoke soon broke away on a 10-2 run for a 48-41 margin heading into the final period.
Roanoke continued to dominate, outscoring the WildCats, 14-9, in the fourth quarter to secure the final 62-50 tally to take home the win.
The WildCats held the Maroons to a 31.3 field percentage (21-of-67) while shooting 33.3 percent (19-of-57) from the field and recorded 14 second chance points, but Roanoke finished with a 50-43 edge in rebounds and while shooting 73.9 percent (17-of-23) from the line.
Banks shot 7-of-14 from the floor to post a team-high 17 points while Alexis Calloway (Williamsburg, Va./Bruton) pulled down 14 boards. Taylor Samuels (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) recorded six points, six rebounds and four assists while Jade Jarvis (Sugar Grove, Va./Rural Retreat) also notched six points to go along with seven rebounds in the loss.
Randolph moves to 3-9, 0-4 ODAC and will look to bounce back on Wednesday, Jan. 10 when the WildCats travel to Hollins University for a 7 p.m. conference match-up.