LYNCHBURG, Va. – Despite holding the lead at halftime, the Randolph College women's basketball team ultimately fell to visiting Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) foe Emory & Henry College, 71-49, on Saturday afternoon in the RAD.
The WildCats trailed the Wasps for most of the first quarter before taking control of the lead at the 1:15 mark thanks to a three-point shot by Amber Garrett (Stephens City, Va./Sherando) before a free throw by Yanessa Cabrera (Manassas, Va./Stonewall Jackson) made it a 17-14 margin with over 30 second remaining on the clock. Although Emory & Henry managed to close the gap to 17-16, a last second basket by Elizabeth Ellen (Mechanicsville, Va./Hanover) handed the WildCats a 19-17 edge heading into the second period.
Both teams had difficulty connecting on shots in the second quarter but Randolph was able to outscore the Wasps, 8-7, for a 27-23 lead at halftime.
Coming out of the break, Emory & Henry dominated the court to outscore the WildCats, 29-4, for a comfortable 51-32 advantage at the end of the third period. Randolph fought back in the fourth quarter, with Emory & Henry edging the WildCats, 19-18, but the point gap proved to be too much as the Wasps secured the final 71-49 tally as time expired.
Mikayla Sink (Lexington, N.C./Central Davidson) led the team with 17 points and six rebounds while Kalyn Banks (Clinton, Md./From the Heart Christian School) added 10 points and five rebounds. Cabrera concluded the game with four assists and three steals.
Randolph drops to 4-19, 2-14 ODAC and are back in action on Wednesday, Feb. 13 when the WildCats travel to Ferrum College. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m.