LYNCHBURG, Va. – Three WildCats notched double-figure points as the Randolph College women's basketball closed the 2017-18 regular season with a 74-64 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) loss to visiting Bridgewater College on Saturday afternoon in the RAD Center.
Prior to the start of the game, Randolph honored its five seniors, Taylor Samuels (Springfield, Va./West Springfield), Maura McMahon (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg), Daijah Johnson (Beltsville, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti), Alexis Calloway (Williamsburg, Va./Bruton) and Lauren Moore (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook), for their commitment and dedication for the past four years.
The WildCats landed first on the scoreboard in the opening minutes of game play and would hold a slight edge over the Eagles for most of the period, eventually grabbing a 14-9 lead at the 3:11 mark. Bridgewater was quick to cut the deficit to 14-11 before putting up an 8-0 run to secure a 19-14 advantage.
Randolph was off and running in the second period, pushing a 5-0 burst to level the score to 19-all. The Eagles managed to maintain their lead but Randolph never fell too far behind and were able to overtake Bridgewater at the 1:55 mark as Johnson sank a three-point shot for a 34-32 edge. However, with nearly a minute remaining, the Eagles put up a bucket the even the score to 34-all as both teams headed into the locker rooms.
The third quarter saw the WildCats with the advantage, trading points with Bridgewater but ultimately securing a 41-37 advantage. After a timeout called by the Eagles, Bridgewater pulled out a 7-0 run to jump ahead, 44-41 but the WildCats remained close behind as a Kalyn Banks (Clinton, Md./From The Heart Christian School) jump shot roped the score to 44-43 with 3:27 left on the clock. Randolph would continue to trail close behind the Eagles with only four points (50-46) separating the teams as they prepared for the final period.
The WildCats trimmed the deficit to 50-49 as Johnson completed a three-point play, but a Bridgewater three-pointer kicked off 9-2 run for the Eagles, extending their lead to 59-51 with 5:36 left to play. Randolph fought a hard offensive battle to cut the score to 68-64 at the 1:32 mark but the WildCats were plagued by fouls, which sent Bridgewater to the line several times to cement the final 73-64 tally as time expired.
In spite of the loss, the stat sheet showed Randolph outshooting its opponent, concluding the night with a 44.1 (26-of-59) field goal percentage, a 43.8 (7-of-16) three-point percentage and a 71.4 (5-of-7) free throw percentage. The WildCats also collected 20 bench points and 18 points in the paint.
Johnson led the team with 18 points to go along with five assists while McMahon recorded 15 points and Banks notched a double-double 14 points and 10 boards. Moore concluded the night with eight rebounds while Samuels also dished out five assists for the WildCats.
Randolph concludes the regular season, 5-19, 2-14 ODAC and now waits to see where it will compete in the first round of the 2018 ODAC Tournament.