ST. MARY'S, Md. – The Randolph College women's basketball team fell to host St. Mary's College (Md.), 51-49, on Friday evening in the first day of the Dan Greene Memorial Invitational.
With a close score throughout most of the first period, Randolph would head into the second quarter with a 16-10 advantage. The WildCats extended its lead to 19-10 thanks to a three-pointer by Mikayla Sink (Lexington, N.C./Central Davidson) but the Seahawks managed to slice the deficit to 19-all with 3:15 remaining on the clock. Determined to take the lead heading into halftime, Randolph pulled out a 7-1 run to claim a 26-21 edge.
The WildCats briefly maintained the lead in the start of the third period but the Seahawks soon overtook them, jumping ahead for a slim 28-27 margin. St. Mary's continued to lead as time ran down with Randolph trailing by two before Kalyn Banks (Clinton, Md./From the Heart Christian School) converted a pair of free throws at the 1:01 mark to level the score to 32-all.
The fourth quarter saw Randolph break away with the 35-32 lead as Sink delivered another three-point shot but a brief 5-0 push landed the Seahawks ahead, 37-35. Despite St. Mary's best efforts to shake the WildCats, Randolph remained close behind, never trailing by more than four points. As the clock ran down, the WildCats were able to slice the deficit to 50-49 as Sink converted one of two free throw shots, but the Seahawks clinched the final 51-49 win off of a made free throw of their own.
Randolph finished the night with a 47-38 edge in rebounds while shooting 60.0 percent (12-of-20) from the line.
Banks ended the game with a double-double 11 points and a team-high 15 rebounds while Dominique Jackson (Greensboro, N.C./Ben L. Smith) led the team with 15 points, four steals and two blocks. Yanessa Cabrera (Manassas, Va./Stonewall Jackson) also collected 11 points in the loss.
The WildCat drops to 1-3 and will conclude play in the tournament against Rosemont College on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.