EMORY, Va. – Three WildCats scored double-figure points as the Randolph College women's basketball team fell to host and Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) foe Emory & Henry College, 71-59, on Saturday afternoon.
The Wasps held a 28-16 advantage over the WildCats at the conclusion of the first quarter and continued to extend it as the second period was underway, settling for a comfortable 31-18 margin. However, Randolph began to pick up the pace and chipped away at the point gap to slice the deficit to 37-30 with 1:20 remaining on the clock. Emory & Henry would close out the first half of game play with a pair of free throws to grab a 39-30 advantage.
Coming out of halftime the Wasps outscored the WildCats, 16-12, in the third quarter for a 55-42 advantage heading into the final period of the game. Despite Randolph outscoring Emory & Henry in the fourth quarter, trimming the deficit to 55-47, the Wasps would ultimately seal the final 71-59 tally as time expired.
"I am proud of our team tonight. They fought hard and kept up with one of the best teams in our league and the nation," stated head coach Andrea Kendall. "After being down by 19 at one point, we clawed our way back in it and cut the deficit to eight early in the fourth and never let Emory & Henry's talent and experience intimidate us. They start three seniors and two juniors to our four freshmen and one junior and we were able to compete the entire game.
"Our lack of depth is certainly a concern but I am incredibly proud of our toughness and resiliency," continued Kendall. "Yanessa gave her team everything she had despite being sick. Amber played great defense with minimal breaks. Kalyn showed incredible toughness and leadership and Mikayla hit some huge shots for us. I believe if we had kept them off the boards and not have DJ foul out with 8:00 left in the game, we could have won that game."
In spite of the loss, the WildCats shot 71.4 (15-of-21) percent from the charity stripe and 42.9 (6-of-14) percent from three-point range, limiting the Wasps to a 22.2 (6-of-27) three-point percentage.
Mikayla Sink (Lexington, N.C./Central Davidson) put up 19 points to pace the WildCats, shooting 5-of-11 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the line, and totaled two assists while Kalyn Banks (Clinton, Md./From the Heart Christian School) posted 15 points to go along with two blocks and pulled down a team-high nine boards. Dominique Jackson (Greensboro, N.C./Ben L. Smith) recorded 13 points in the loss, converting 5-of-15 shots from the field, 2-of-3 shots from three-point range and 1-of-2 shots from the foul line. Yanessa Cabrera (Manassas, Va./Stonewall Jackson) and Amber Garrett (Stephens City, Va./Sherando) each recorded three steals for Randolph.
The WildCats fall to 3-10, 1-5 ODAC and are back home in the RAD on Wednesday, Jan. 9 when they take on Washington and Lee University at 7 p.m.