LYNCHBURG, Va. – Despite trailing in the first quarter, the Randolph College women's basketball team ultimately took down visiting Methodist University, 76-65, on Tuesday evening in the RAD Center.
The Monarchs held a slim 12-10 edge over the WildCats at the end of the first quarter and maintained the lead throughout the second period. Randolph remained close behind Methodist, eventually cutting the deficit to 25-24 off a pair of free throws by Elizabeth Ellen (Mechanicsville, Va./Hanover) with 35 seconds to go, but the Monarchs would make a last second bucket to hold a 27-24 advantage heading into halftime.
Although Methodist maintained the lead for the first few minutes of the third quarter, Randolph started to gain momentum and eventually took the lead for the first time (34-33) off a made lay-up by Yanessa Cabrera (Manassas, Va./Stonewall Jackson). Both teams would trade points for the advantage with the WildCats cementing a solid 47-42 lead at the 2:20 mark. Methodist responded with a 5-1 run to trail Randolph, 48-47, at the start of the final quarter.
Randolph came out fighting, pushing its lead to 57-47 with 6:29 left to play. Methodist slowly chipped away at the point gap but were unable to catch the WildCats as they cemented the final 76-65 tally as time ran out.
"I'm incredibly proud to see our hard work in practice come to fruition tonight," said head coach Andrea Kendall. "Every game thus far has been a learning lesion and we showed a lot of growth.
"We made adjustments at halftime that really helped us in the second half. Our poise and composure improved, especially in the fourth," stated Kendall.
The WildCats finished the night with a 43.5 (27-of-62) field goal percentage and a 71.4 (20-of-28) free throw percentage while converting 18 points off turnovers. Methodist held a slim 44-43 edge in rebounds.
Kalyn Banks (Clinton, Md./From the Heart Christian School) put up 21 points, going 6-of-11 from the floor and 9-of-10 from the line, and pulled down 12 boards to lead the WildCats. Dominique Jackson (Greensboro, N.C./Ben L. Smith) posted 16 points while Cabrera finished with 12 points and a team-high four assists. Amber Garrett (Stephens City, Va./Sherando) and Mikayla Sink (Lexington, N.C./Central Davidson) also recorded double-figure points, chipping in 11 points and 10 points, respectively.
The WildCats improve to 2-4 and are back home after the Thanksgiving break to commence Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play against Ferrum College on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 5 p.m.