LYNCHBURG, Va. – Junior guard Kalyn Banks (Clinton, Md./From the Heart Christian School) posted a double-double 18 points and 19 rebounds in the Randolph College women's basketball team's 69-54 loss to visiting William Peace University on Monday evening.
After a slow start in the opening quarter, the WildCats made a comeback to take a brief 5-4 lead over the Pacers off a lay-up by Banks. William Peace would keep the score close, taking a slight 12-9 edge with under a minute left on the clock. Mikayla Sink (Lexington, N.C./Central Davidson) knocked back a three-pointer to level the score but a last minute bucket by the Pacers gave them control of the score (14-12).
The WildCats were able to level the score to 16-all in the second session, before another basket by Banks gave them an 18-16 edge. Despite briefly losing the lead, Banks would put up another two points at the 6:03 mark to hand Randolph the 20-19 edge before feeding the ball to Corrinne Anderson (Amelia, Va./Blessed Sacrament Huguenot) to increase its margin to 22-19, forcing the Pacers to call a timeout. Coming out of the break, William Peace pulled out a 5-2 run to take the lead, 27-24. Dominique Jackson (Greensboro, N.C./Ben L. Smith) put up one last bucket to trim the deficit to 27-26 at the half.
As the third quarter was underway, William Peace remained in the lead and never looked back as the Pacers outscored the WildCats, 26-15, for a 53-41 margin. In the final period William Peace continued to increase its point gap, settling for a comfortable 61-45 advantage with 5:36 left in the game. Despite Randolph's best efforts to trim the deficit, the Pacers would eventually claim the final 69-54 score as time expired.
The Pacers and the WildCats were near even in field goal percentage with Randolph shooting 36.9 percent (24-of-65) to edge William Peace's 36.8 (25-of-68) shooting percentage. The WildCats also held a 47-42 edge in rebounds but both teams each ended the night with 32 points in the paint.
Banks' 19 boards marks the most rebounds in a game since 2008 and is currently tied for seventh in the single game record books. Banks also added four steals while Jackson concluded the night with 12 points, shooting 5-of-14 from the field, and two steals. Anderson tallied eight points, going 3-of-5 from the floor and 2-of-4 from the line, while Yanessa Cabrera (Manassas, Va./Stonewall Jackson) added seven points to go along with a team-high six assists.
Randolph falls to 0-2 and looks for its first season win on Wednesday, Nov. 14 when it hosts Salem College at 7 p.m. in the RAD.