LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Randolph College women's basketball team dropped a 77-69 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) decision to visiting Shenandoah University on Saturday afternoon in the RAD Center.
The WildCats held a 17-14 advantage at the end of the first period but were outscored by the Hornets, 23-11, in the second quarter, handing Shenandoah a 37-28 lead at halftime.
As the third quarter was underway, the Hornets maintained at least a 10-point lead over the WildCats, but Randolph slowly chipped away at the point gap eventually slicing the deficit to 49-43 at the 1:12 mark, forcing the Hornets to call a timeout. Coming out of the break, Shenandoah pushed a 4-0 run to close out the quarter with a 53-43 advantage.
Despite Shenandoah securing a comfortable 67-55 lead with 2:54 remaining in game play, the WildCats erased the deficit on a 7-0 run, capped off by a three-pointer from Mikayla Sink (Lexington, N.C./Central Davdison), to make it a 67-62 game. Randolph closed the point gap further as Amber Garrett (Stephens City, Va./Sherando) converted a three-point play for a slim 69-65 margin. However, that would be the closest the WildCats would get to the Hornets as sharp shooting from the free throw line by Shenandoah cemented the final 77-69 score.
Dominique Jackson (Greensboro, N.C./Ben L. Smith) paced the team with a career-high 26 points, shooting 11-of-18 from the field and 3-of-3 from the line, to go along with four steals and four assists. Kalyn Banks (Clinton, Md./From the Heart Christian School) concluded the day with 18 points, pulled down 13 rebounds and five steals while Sink posted 13 points in the loss.
Randolph falls to 3-7, 1-3 ODAC and will take a break for the holidays before traveling to Averett University on Sunday, Dec. 30 for a 2 p.m. nonconference contest.