For Immediate Release – 2/11/17 - #184
WildCats Fall at EMU on Saturday
HARRISONBURG, VA – The Randolph College women's basketball team played a tough Eastern Mennonite University on Saturday, and fell in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) contest. The Royals won the game 76-55.
After Korin Harris answered an early three from the hosts, EMU went on a 7-0 run to extend its early advantage to 10-2. However, Harris did her best to bring the team back, scoring four-straight. After a single free throw by the Royals, Alexis Calloway and Kalyn Banks combined to cut the margin to two, notching the score at 11-9. Baskets were traded, with Daijah Johnson hitting a jumper, but Eastern Mennonite went on another run, going up 19-11. Calloway and Darian Thornton sandwiched a home three, bringing the score to 22-15 entering the second.
Eastern Mennonite started the second with two-straight baskets, before Harris continued her strong day. She scored down low, which was answered on the other end, but Banks did the same for the WildCats. The Royals then went on a 7-1 run, extending their lead to 15, but Harris stopped it again, with another tough finish inside. However, the hosts scored six of seven, with Thornton once again scoring late to cut the score to 42-25 at the end of the half.
The sides traded baskets during the first few minutes of the second stanza. Taylor Samuels, Harris, Jacqueline Hockman, and Johnson all scored two for the 'Cats. However, the hosts hit three three-point shots during that time, extending the lead. Camille Gallagher and Thornton tallied back-to-back after the exchange, bringing the score to 55-37, but Eastern Mennonite answered again. Harris and the hosts traded points throughout the end of the period, but EMU entered the fourth with a commanding 66-42 lead.
The fourth featured a trade of points as the margin stayed around the same point. Lauren Moore had a couple of baskets, and Harris hit two threes. However, it would not be enough.
Harris tallied a career-high 23 points in the game, which came on 8-14 shooting. Thornton posted seven points and five rebounds off the bench for the 'Cats. Myneshia Walker paced four Royals (16-6 overall, 11-3 ODAC) in double-figures with 20 points.
Randolph (11-12, 6-8) returns to the RAD Center for its final home game of the regular season. The WildCats will welcome Guilford College (19-3, 12-2) on Tuesday, with tip-off coming at 7 p.m.