FERRUM, Va. – The Randolph College women's basketball team added to its win column on Wednesday evening as the WildCats downed host and Old Dominion Athletic Conference opponent Ferrum College, 45-37.
"We haven't played well on the road this season. It's been something we have addressed as a team and I'm happy to see our women fight for a tough road win tonight," said head coach Andrea Kendall. "We struggled a bit to hit shots – they were good looks but we just couldn't get them to fall. But, on the road, you have to lock down defensively and we did that tonight."
After two low scoring quarters in the first half of game play, the WildCats secured an 18-12 lead over the Panthers at halftime. Coming out of the break, Randolph pushed its lead to 20-15 but Ferrum quickly caught up with a 5-0 run to level the score to 20-all.
The Panthers grabbed their first lead of the night on a three-point shot at the 7:38 mark for a 23-20 edge. Although Ferrum would briefly lose its lead, the Panthers managed to open the point gap to 27-24 with 4:42 left to play. However, the WildCats clawed their way back to trail 27-26 before taking back the lead, 29-27, off a three-point shot by Mikayla Sink (Lexington, N.C./Central Davidson).
"I have challenged Mikayla recently and we've worked together to find more ways for her to get good looks from behind the arc," stated Kendall. "She is a great shooter and tonight, she really came alive in the second half and hit big shots at crucial moments."
Randolph remained in the lead for the rest of the third quarter, starting with a 34-29 advantage as the final period was underway. A 5-0 push by the WildCats placed them ahead, 39-29, before Ferrum trimmed the deficit with a pair of free throws to make it a 39-31 game. As time ran down on the clock, Randolph maintained a 10-point lead over the Panthers, settling with a 45-35 margin in the last few seconds of the game before Ferrum made a last minute bucket for the final 45-37 score.
Sink led the way with 19 points, going 6-of-17 from the floor and 5-of-12 from behind the arc while Kalyn Banks (Clinton, Md./From the Heart Christian School) recorded a double-double 16 points and 14 rebounds. Yanessa Cabrera (Manassas, Va./Stonewall Jackson) dished out five assists and four steals while Dominique Jackson (Greensboro, N.C./Ben L. Smith) also recorded four steals.
"Our smaller guards, Yanessa, Amber, Sara, really pressured Ferrum in the top of our zone," said Kendall. "Any ball handler that tried to attack or reverse the ball from the top of our zone was met with incredible tenacity from those kids and they got a bunch of deflections and steals out of that intense pressure.
"Holding a team to 18 percent from the field is awesome and I'm proud of our kids for sticking to the game plan and for studying the scout to ensure they were 100 percent prepared."
Randolph improves to 5-19, 3-14 ODAC and closes out its season at home on Saturday, Feb. 16 against Virginia Wesleyan University. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.