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Randolph Picks Up Key Win over Eagles

Samuels getting ready to drive
Samuels getting ready to drive

For Immediate Release – 2/4/17 - #176
Randolph Picks Up Key, Historic Win over Eagles

BRIDGEWATER, VA – The Randolph College women's basketball recorded an important Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) win on Saturday.  The WildCats used a big second half to take down Bridgewater College 74-69, which helped them move into sixth in the ODAC standings.  The win was also the first in the rivalry for Randolph since 1995.

The important clash started fast with 11 points being scored between the two sides.  Korin Harris and Taylor Samuels scored on the first two possessions around a Jessica Lam layup.  After the Eagles tied the score, Alexis Calloway converted a traditional three-point play.  Daijah Johnson then hit a jumper, putting the lead at five.

However, BC responded with eight of the next 10, Johnson ended it with an and-one of her own, retaking the lead.  Then, Danielle Rizzari hit from distance, which Kalyn Banks followed with a close shot.  But Lam tallied late, putting the score at 18-14 going into the second.

Johnson hit the initial shot of the period, but Bridgewater answered with another run, tying the game at 20.  Points were traded, as the 'Cats took four leads, with it being tied again moments later three times.  On the fourth occasion, Rizzari hit another three, but the Eagles scored four-straight to go back ahead.  Calloway answered with a layup, but BC managed to score at the buzzer, going in front 32-31.

The WildCats came out strong in the third.  Samuels, Calloway, Jacqueline Hockman, and Harris each tallied to push the lead to seven.  However, Bridgewater responded with 12-straight going up 44-39.  Harris and Calloway came back with six of eight (Rebecca Harvey of BC tallied), cutting the deficit to one.  The Eagles then extended the advantage to four, but Banks and Samuels combined to tie it at 49.  Hockman pushed the 'Cats ahead, but a late basket by the hosts tied the score at 51, setting up a very tight fourth.

Points were traded early on, before Samuels gave the WildCats a 56-53 lead with a three-point shot.  Then another exchange happened, as Calloway and Samuels both answered Eagles shots, bringing the Randolph lead to three.  A home and-one tied the game, but Harris took it back with a jumper.  However, Harvey responded with a three, taking it back for the Eagles.

It would be the last time though, as the 'Cats recorded nine of 11.  Samuels, Rizzari, Banks, and Johnson all tallied.  The hosts added four late points, but Samuels and Hockman hit free throws to seal the 74-69 win.

Four of the starters finished with double-digit points, including a team-high 16 by Samuels, which tied a career-high.  Calloway (15), Harris (12), and Johnson (11) joined her.  Harris and Calloway both pulled down eight rebounds in the game.  Harvey posted a game-high 17 for the Eagles (13-8 overall, 6-6 ODAC).

The win puts the 'Cats into a tie with Bridgewater for the sixth spot, but due to the head-to-head win, the WildCats hold onto sole possession.

Randolph (11-10, 6-6) returns home for its next contest, in what will be one of its final two regular-season home games.  The WildCats host Roanoke College (8-13, 3-9) on Wednesday night, with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.