ROANOKE, Va. – After suffering six consecutive losses, the Randolph College women's basketball team managed to secure its fourth win of the season as the WildCats defeated host and Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) opponent Hollins University on Wednesday evening.
Randolph came out hot out of the gates with the WildCats grabbing a commanding 16-3 lead as the conclusion of the first quarter, before extending it to 20-9 in the early minutes of the second period. However, Hollins started to chip away at the WildCats' lead, roping the score to 26-17 at the 2:27 mark but Randolph would finish out the first half of gameplay with a 29-17 advantage.
Coming out of halftime, the WildCats remained ahead of Hollins, but would soon find their point margin begin to dwindle as Hollins trimmed the deficit to 37-30 with 3:08 remaining in the third quarter. Still, Randolph refused to give up its lead, claiming a 41-32 advantage off of a 4-2 run to close out the period.
The WildCats maintained a 10-point lead through the beginning of the final quarter but a 9-2 run pushed by Hollins sliced the score to 49-46 with 3:38 remaining on the clock. After a brief timeout called by the WildCats, Hollins managed to wrangle the score to 49-48, but it would be the closest Hollins would get as a 6-2 burst from Randolph handed the WildCats the final 55-50 triumph.
"I'm proud of our team's effort and energy tonight," said head coach Andrea Kendall. "We had some clutch shots from Maura and Taylor down the stretch along with some big time rebounds from Alexis."
Taylor Samuels (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) converted 6-of-11 shots from the floor and 2-of-3 from beyond the arc to pace the WildCats offense with 14 points while adding three steals. Maura McMahon (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) posted 13 points, making 5-of-12 shots from the field and 2-of-3 shots from the line to go along with two steals while Alexis Calloway (Williamsburg, Va./Bruton) pulled down a team-high 15 boards.
Randolph rises to 4-9, 1-4 ODAC and is back home on Saturday, Jan. 13 when it hosts Washington and Lee University in the RAD Center at 4:30 p.m.