ASHLAND, Va. – A pair of Yellow Jackets scored in double figures and pulled down more than 10 rebounds each in a 63-43 victory over Virginia Wesleyan University at Crenshaw Gymnasium Tuesday night. Sophomores Charlotte Woods (Richmond, Va. / Trinity) and Kelly Williams (Garysburg, N.C. / Halifax Academy) collected double-doubles in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference matchup.
R-MC got out to the early lead with junior Jayla Wade (Newport News, Va. / Heritage) opening the scoring with a three-pointer, with Williams adding a pair of free throws to give the Yellow Jackets take the 5-0 advantage. Virginia Wesleyan bounced back with a pair of shots to bring the game within one point at the period's media timeout. Woods scored a layup coming out of that timeout to take R-MC's lead back up to three. But the Marlins hung tough -- pushing ahead with a pair of baskets to take their first lead of the game. They were able to maintain the lead to end of the quarter, taking the 15-11 lead into the second frame.
Randolph-Macon got the momentum right back to start the second though. Junior Kelsey Wisner (York, Pa. / Central York) made a layup seconds into the period and Woods and Williams added a pair of field goals to allow R-MC to retake the 17-15 lead. The teams remained deadlocked at that score for nearly three minutes until Williams made a free throw with 5:25 to go in the period and VWU added an answering field goal on the other end just seconds later. Senior Teal Reynolds (Sterling, Va. / Potomac Falls) made a bucket with 4:25 to go to take the Yellow Jacket lead back to three and followed it up with a jumper from the wing with under 4:00 to go to push R-MC's lead up to five. The Yellow Jackets' lead would eventually get to nine with another Reynolds layup before settling at a 27-20 advantage going into the break.
Williams finished the first half with nine points and six rebounds while Reynolds scored six in the game -- all in the second quarter -- as well as pulling in three rebounds in the period. Woods pulled in five boards while scoring four points.
Randoph-Macon hit its stride in the third quarter. The team shot 91.7% from the field. Williams scored the first six points of the period for R-MC while Wade added field goals at 7:39 and 6:34 to go to extend the Yellow Jackets' lead to 37-24. The team continued its push forward with a three-pointer from freshman Becca Arrington (Amelia, Va. / Amelia Academy) while Woods made a pair of layups at 3:15 and 2:44 to go, each keeping R-MC's lead at 17. The Yellow Jackets hit their largest lead of the game with :40 to go in the period when Woods made a layup to allow R-MC to go up 53-34. Virginia Wesleyan made a free throw before the end of the period to head into the final quarter with a 53-35 margin. Williams scored 11 in the quarter while Woods added eight.
Virginia Wesleyan did not get much closer the rest of the night. A 6-1 run over the first three and a half minutes of the fourth quarter was answered by Williams hitting a layup and a pair of free throws taking the game under five minutes to go. VWU would not score another bucket from the 6:28 mark of the final period until :20 to go as they settled into the final score 63-43.
Randolph-Macon outshot the Marlins 46% to 33%. For the second game in a row, R-MC had a significant advantage in the paint, scoring 40 compared to VWU's 26.
Williams finished with 26 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks and three assists. Woods added her double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds while she added four assists. Wade finished with seven points and four assists as well as a pair of steals. Wisner added four points and three steals. Arrington tallied four points and four assists coming off the bench while freshman Elise Knobloch (Glenville, Pa. / Delone Catholic) added a point, an assist and three rebounds.
The win marked Head Coach Carroll LaHaye's 597th of her career, all at Randolph-Macon. LaHaye has a 62% win percentage in her 36 seasons with the Yellow Jackets.
The Yellow Jackets return to Crenshaw Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon to take on Hollins at 4:30. Randolph-Macon defeated Hollins earlier this season 78-22.