January 14, 2012

First Half Woahs Derail WildCats in 67-50 Loss to Washington & Lee University

LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College women's basketball team outscored the Generals of Washington & Lee University 37-31 in the second half but couldn't overcome a 13-point first half as the Generals knocked off Randolph 67-50 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) women's basketball play from the Randolph Athletics and Dance (RAD) Center Saturday.

Randolph (3-9/0-7 ODAC) hit on only five of its 27 first-half attempts from the floor, while also turning the ball over 20 times. The WildCats didn't hit their first field goal until almost nine minutes into the game, as first-year Jensen Hoover (Woodstock, VA/Central) scored a rebound put-back.

Through all of that, Randolph only trailed by seven with 7:28 left after a pair of free throws from sophomore Courtney Bouchard (Fairfax, VA/W.T. Woodson). Washington & Lee (6-8/4-5 ODAC) would score the game's next 16 points to open up a 25-point lead, leading by 23 at the half at 36-13.

After the intermission, head coach Allison Nichol's group picked up its intensity and outworked the Generals in the second half. Randolph forced W&L into 10 second-half turnovers and also hit two more baskets (13) than the 11 of W&L. In the hustle stats of steals and rebounds, Randolph won both categories in the second stanza. Unfortunately, the halftime advantage was too much for the 'Cats to overcome.

Everyone in a black and yellow uniform scored on the afternoon, led by the nine-points from Bouchard. Junior Olivia Johnson (Monroe, NC/Union Academy) had the best game of her season with eight points, eight rebounds and three steals, while Hoover finished with eight points, nine rebounds and two thefts. First-year Jo Annunziata (Auburn, MA/Miller School (VA)) netted her first field goal as a WildCat, making both attempts from the floor.

Randolph finished 18-of-59 (30.5 percent) from the floor, hitting only two of the 14 three-pointers it attempted. The WildCats outrebounded W&L 44-39, as all nine players dressed played at least 14 minutes of game action.

W&L was paced by the game-high 20 points from senior Meg Ingram, as she hit five-of-10 from the floor and eight of her nine free throws. Becca Bolton had 16 points, eight caroms and four steals, while Katy Wilson had 13 points, eight boards and three blocks. Rachel Warrick added 10 points on eight-of-10 shooting from the line.

Randolph will look to bounce back on Tuesday evening against the Yellow Jackets of Randolph-Macon College at 7 p.m. in the RAD Center.