LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Randolph College women's basketball team notched its first win of the season as the WildCats downed visiting Salem College, 76-59, on Wednesday evening in the RAD Center.
Randolph made a statement in the opening quarter, leading with a 21-6 margin at the start of the second period. Salem slowly picked up momentum but the WildCats would outscore the Spirits, 26-20, for a 47-26 advantage at halftime.
The Spirits gained some ground on the WildCats in the third quarter, erasing a 21-point deficit for a 50-40 score with 5:44 remaining in the period but Randolph would still hold a sizeable lead (58-45) heading into the final quarter. The WildCats extended their lead as time ran down, though the Spirits would chase Randolph down, slicing the deficit to 68-57, but it would not be enough as the WildCats clinched the final 76-59 tally at the buzzer.
"Tonight, we showed intense fight and grit and I am very pleased with our collective effort," said head coach Andrea Kendall. "To have a point guard play 36 minutes and be two rebounds away from a triple-double is amazing.
"Four players in double figures mixed with holding Salem to 26.7 percent from the field was the key tonight," continued Kendall. "I am proud that all of our kids were able to contribute in their own way. Of course, we have a lot to work on but we continue to grow every day."
Randolph concluded the night with a 45.6 (26-of-57) field goal percentage and a 76.0 (19-of-25) free throw percentage. Although the Spirits held a 47-46 edge in rebounds and collected 21 bench points, the WildCats converted 20 points off turnovers and totaled 41 points in the paint.
Dominique Jackson (Greenboro, N.C./Ben L. Smith) paced the WildCats with 19 points, making 6-of-11 shots from the field while converting 7-of-8 shots from the foul line. Mikayla Sink (Lexington, N.C./Central Davidson) chipped in 16 points, going 6-of-13 from the floor and 4-of-8 from three-point range, while Kalyn Banks (Clinton, Md./From the Heart Christian School) notched a double-double 12 points and 11 boards. Yanessa Cabrera (Manassas, Va./Stonewall Jackson) also recorded a double-double, posting 11 points and 10 assists.
Randolph improves to 1-2 and will head out on the road to compete in the St. Mary's College Tournament from Friday-Saturday, Nov. 16-17. The WildCats take on the host Seahawks on Friday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. before facing Rosemont on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.