LYNCHBURG, Va. – Despite a close contest throughout the first half of game play, the Randolph College women's basketball team ultimately fell to Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) foe Washington and Lee University, 76-58, in its Play4Kay game on Saturday afternoon in the RAD Center.
As part of the ODAC partnership with the V Foundation for Cancer Research and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, the WildCats hosted a fundraiser for today's contest in which contributed donations would be made to the help support cancer survivors and those the disease.
"We played for a great cause tonight and we raised over $300," said head coach Andrea Kendall.
After a close back-and-forth battle between the two squads in the opening quarter, Randolph edged the Generals 11-10 before opening up a 14-10 lead in the start of the second period. Washington and Lee closed the point gap shortly after, slicing the deficit to 14-13 before taking a 16-14 lead at the 7:05 mark.
The Generals extended their lead to 24-16 but Randolph was quick to catch up with a 7-0 run, capped off with a layup by Taylor Samuels (Springfield, Va./West Springfield), for a close 24-23 margin with 1:15 remaining in the period. However, the Generals would escape Randolph's clutches to secure a 29-23 edge at halftime.
Although Washington and Lee maintained the lead, the WildCats followed close behind in the third quarter, trimming the score to 30-29 at the 7:31 mark off of a Daijah Johnson (Beltsville, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) jump shot. Randolph continued to trail by no more than 10 points for the remainder of the third period, but the Generals pushed a tough offensive effort in the final quarter to pull ahead for a 67-47 margin, forcing the WildCats into a timeout.
Coming out of the break, Randolph slowly chipped away at the Generals' lead, pushing an 11-9 run, but it would not be enough as Washington and Lee secured the final 76-58 tally as time expired.
In spite of the loss, Randolph shot 44.1 percent (26-of-59) from the floor, limiting the Generals to a 41.2 percent (28-of-68) field goal percentage and concluded the game with 36 points in the paint and nine second chance points while Washington and Lee held a 40-37 edge in rebounds.
"It was a great team effort," said Kendall. "W&L hit some big shots and I am proud of us for fighting. I'm excited to keep working and watch us improve."
Maura McMahon (Blackburg, Va./Blacksburg) posted a team-high 17 points for the WildCats while Johnson added 10 points of her own to go along with five assists and five rebounds. Alexis Calloway (Williamsburg, Va./Bruton) pulled down nine rebounds in the loss and added seven points while Kalyn Banks (Clinton, Md./From The Heart Christian School) and Lauren Moore (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) each chipped in six points.
Randolph drops to 4-10, 1-5 ODAC and will look to bounce back on Tuesday, Jan. 16 when it hosts Randolph-Macon College at 7 p.m. in the RAD Center.