For immediate release – 11/22/2016 - #128
Randolph Drops ODAC Opener
GREENSBORO, NC – The Randolph College women's basketball team began Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play on Tuesday, taking on preseason-favorite Guilford College. The Quakers showed why they received that ranking, taking down the WildCats 86-48.
The two defenses showed why they are two of the best in the conference early on, as neither team got on the board in the first two minutes. Korin Harris made a layup at that point, before back-to-back baskets for the hosts saw them take the lead. Daijah Johnson hit a jumper at the 6:04 mark to tie the score at four, but GC went on a mini-burst shortly after to take a five-point advantage.
Camille Gallagher then hit two shots, surrounding a basket by Anais Weatherly to cut the deficit to three, but the Quakers went on another run to end the period, taking a 16-8 advantage into the second. The two teams exchanged six points at the start of the second, in different fashions. But following the second three-point run by Randolph, Guilford went on a large run, allowing only three points for the 'Cats over the final minutes and taking a 36-16 lead at the half.
Jacqueline Hockman hit a pair from the free throw line to start the third period, but the Quakers went back on a run to extend their advantage. However, Kiana Scott helped chip away at the deficit. She hit two jump shots, including one from behind the arc, and added two free throws, but GC held on for the commanding lead at the end of three.
The fourth period saw the teams go back and forth. The WildCats post players played tough down low, as Alexis Calloway tallied four points, while Darian Thornton added five. However, Guilford kept its lead for the win.
Scott finished the game with a career-high of nine points. Thornton tied her career-high in the game as well. Weatherly posted a game-high 15 points for the Quakers (4-0 overall).
Randolph (2-2) next plays on the Wednesday after Thanksgiving. The WildCats travel to William Peace University (2-2) for a 7 p.m. matchup.