For Immediate Release – 1/7/16 - #149
WildCats Suffer Narrow Set-Back against Royals
LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College women's basketball team played a tough game against Eastern Mennonite University on Saturday. However, the Royals left the RAD with a 68-59 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) victory, with the lead being extended due to late free throws.
The beginning of the game would not be indicative of the rest, as there were only five total points in the first five minutes. Daijah Johnson and Jacqueline Hockman each hit a free throw. The pace of the game picked up soon after Johnson's free throw, as Taylor Samuels hit a three soon after. Johnson hit a layup, before EMU hit six-straight to take a 9-7 lead.
The sides exchanged points, before the Royals took a narrow 16-13 lead on a Jonae Guest layup with 1:09 remaining. However, Alexis Calloway and Johnson hit late layups, with Johnson's coming at the buzzer, to go up one entering the second.
Points were traded at the beginning of the period, and the game eventually was tied at 19, but Maura McMahon then took control. She hit two tough close shots, before it was answered on the other end. She made the score 26-21 after converting a traditional three-point play. Lauren Moore followed her with another shot from close range, scoring on a fast break. Chrissy Delawder hit a late three, as the game would enter the half at 28-24 for the WildCats.
After Hockman got things going in the third with a jumper, Delawder started a run for Eastern Mennonite. She knocked down a three, before Calloway scored inside. The Royals scored six in a row to take a narrow lead. Points and the lead went back and forth, until EMU got out to a three-point advantage at 41-38. At that point, Danielle Rizzari stole the ball and completed an and-one play to tie it at 41. However, over the final minute, Lexi Deffenbaugh hit two threes, and despite a Taylor Samuels jumper, the guests would hold a 47-43 advantage going into the final stanza.
The visitors scored six of the first eight to start the fourth, taking a 54-45 lead with just under eight minutes left. But the 'Cats showed resolve and fought back. Korin Harris and Hockman went back to back, with Johnson assisting on both. Guest scored for the guests, but Harris answered with another close shot. Rizzari cut the deficit to two (56-54) with a big three.
Eastern Mennonite answered the shot with two points, but Kiana Scott hit a jumper of her own. After two free throws from the Royals, McMahon hit a big three to bring the score to 60-59. However, the WildCats could not find the tying basket down the stretch, and EMU hit its free throws to take the victory.
McMahon led the team with a career-high of 10 points. Calloway pulled down nine rebounds to lead the 'Cats, while Johnson dished out five assists. Guest had a game-high 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Royals (8-4 overall, 3-1 ODAC).
Randolph (6-7, 1-3) will head back to the road for its midweek game. However, the team will be making the short trek across town to take on Lynchburg College (10-3, 4-0) on Wednesday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.