WINCHESTER, Va. – Randolph-Macon Women's Basketball secured a win against conference foe Shenandoah as the Yellow Jackets scored 21 points in the final frame of play to gain the 13 point victory. Juniors Kelly Williams (Garysburg, N.C./Halifax Academy) and Charlotte Woods (Richmond, Va./Trinity) each had double-digit scoring nights in the victory.
Score: Randolph-Macon 58, Shenandoah 45
Location/Venue: Winchester, Va./Wilkins Center
Records: Randolph-Macon (4-1, 2-0 ODAC), Shenandoah (3-3, 0-2 ODAC)
How It Happened
- Shenandoah jumped out to the early lead, taking the 7-1 advantage over the first three-and-a-half minutes of the game. But R-MC came storming back as Williams made three buckets in a row and added a free throw to pull within two. Freshman Lauren Lewis (Mount Laurel, N.J. / Rancocas Valley Regional) pulled it even at 10-10 around the four-minute mark and junior Michal Ross (Glen Allen, Va. / Glen Allen) tallied four points in the last three minute to help give R-MC the 18-14 advantage after the first frame.
- After Shenandoah opened the second quarter with a bucket, the defenses took over for nearly six minute period through the middle of the quarter. Senior Jayla Wade (Newport News, Va. / Heritage) made the only bucket in those six minute with a jumper at the 6:04 mark to give R-MC the four-point advantage yet again. SU's Ragan Johnson broke the drought at the 3:36 mark with a jumper to put the Hornets back within two and Ross made another two buckets in the closing minutes as R-MC went into the halftime break with the 24-18 lead.
- R-MC and Shenandoah essentially traded buckets through the first part of the second quarter. With both teams going step-for-step, it was SU's work at the charity stripe that helped give them a 17-13 advantage in the quarter. The Hornets also got early work from the field, scoring six points in just over a minute of play.
- But it was Randolph-Macon that ended on a strong note and earned the victory as the Yellow Jackets outscored the Hornets 21-10 in the final quarter. After the Hornets pulled within two at the end of the third, Williams made a free throw and Woods tallied a layup to give R-MC a small cushion of five points. While SU got as close one point at the 2:59 mark, Williams scored a layup moments later, as did Ross at the 1:22 mark and R-MC went 10-10 from the charity stripe with under a minute to play to ensure the win. Woods and senior Kelsey Wisner (York, Pa. / Central York) each hit four free throws and Lewis added a pair to help push R-MC to the 13-point victory.
Inside The Numbers
- The free throw line was not just important with under a minute to play – it was important all game. R-MC hit nearly 82% from the line as Wisner went 100% from the charity stripe for the second game in a row.
- Williams recorded her fifth double-double – one in each game thus far. She scored 17 points and pulled in 16 rebounds, which were both game-highs.
- Woods tallied 12 points and also pulled in eight rebounds. She tallied two steals, which was a team high along with Ross. Ross added 12 points from the bench and pulled in three rebounds as well.
- Wisner led the team in assists, pushing out three. She had four rebounds and nine points to finish the evening.
Randolph-Macon will play tomorrow (Thursday) night at 7:00 PM against Lynchburg at home in Crenshaw Gym.
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