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Bench Comes Up Big For R-MC in Victory

Becca Arrington shoots a jumper

ASHLAND, Va. – Freshman Becca Arrington (Amelia, Va. / Amelia Academy) and the entire bench scored at least four points in a Saturday afternoon 101-45 victory over Mid-Atlantic Christian University (3-4). Arrington was joined by a strong starting effort by sophomore Kelly Williams (Garysburg, N.C. / Halifax Academy), who scored her sixth double-double of the year, and two other starters with double-digit points.

R-MC (5-1) took an early lead in the first quarter, getting ahead of the Mustangs 7-0 in the first two and a half minutes after layups by senior Teal Reynolds (Sterling, Va. / Potomac Falls) and sophomore Charlotte Woods (Richmond, Va. / Trinity) and a three-pointer by junior Kelsey Wisner (York, Pa. / Central York). R-MC continued the big quarter with three straight layups by Williams. The Yellow Jackets took a 27-7 lead into the second period.

After a pair of MACU scores to begin the second, Williams scored another five straight points, helping R-MC ahead to 32-10 with 8:05 to go in the period. With around five minutes to go, the bench got involved, with sophomore Ashlynn Green (Spotsylvania, Va. / Spotsylvania) scoring at the 3:55 mark and sophomore Brie Zimmerman (Powhatan, Va. / Blessed Sacrament) scoring a jumper a minute later. Freshman Elise Knobloch (Glenville, Pa. / Delone Catholic) and junior Leara Shumate (Fishersville, Va. / Wilson Memorial) scored a free throw and a layup respectively to end the period and go into the halftime break with a 51-24 advantage.

In the third quarter, it took R-MC a bit of time to get going. But once the team got hot – it stayed that way. Williams hit the first field goal for the Yellow Jackets with 7:24 left on the clock followed by a three-pointer by junior Jayla Wade (Newport News, Va. / Heritage). It was part of a 15-2 run that lasted more than three minutes. Randolph-Macon exited the period with the 75-31 lead.

The starting five began the fourth period for R-MC and had another hot run. Wade hit a pair of free throws, Wisner hit a three and Williams had two shots in the paint to complete the 9-0 run to begin the quarter. The starters then ceded to the bench who continued the run. Knobloch and Arrington both hit layups while Zimmerman converted a jumper to put the Yellow Jackets up 90-31 with five minutes to go. The bench completed the period and sent the team over the century mark with a pair of threes by Arrington as well as a Knobloch layup.

For the starting group, Williams, who earlier this week was selected as the DIII News Player of the Month for November, finished with a game-high 31 points. She also pulled in 22 rebounds. Woods finished with six points and 11 rebounds. Wisner finished with 11 points and four rebounds and four assists. Wade had 12 points and three assists and three rebounds. Reynolds had seven points and six assists.

From the bench, Arrington added two rebounds, an assist and a steal to her 13. Knobloch finished with seven points, six rebounds and three assists while Green tallied six points and three rebounds. Zimmerman knocked down four points, as did Shumate, who also added seven rebounds and a pair each of assists and steals.

R-MC had 62 points in the paint and scored 25 points off of 19 turnovers by MACU. The Randolph-Macon bench was responsible for 34 points. The Yellow Jackets also scored 21 second chance opportunities off of the team's 28 offensive rebounds.

Randolph-Macon is next in action on Tuesday against Hollins at 7:00 PM in Roanoke.