For Immediate Release – 2/14/17 - #190
WildCats Nearly Pull Off Upset Over Top-Ranked Quakers
LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College women's basketball team played the top team in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) on Tuesday. The WildCats hung tough with Guilford College, but the Quakers pulled out a 70-62 win.
Both defenses started the game strongly, as no points were scored in the first two minutes. At that point, Heaven Walters hit two free throws for the visitors. It started an exchange, as Alexis Calloway started her great night off of a pass from Daijah Johnson. Walters hit two more, before Taylor Samuels scored off a pass from Johnson. Once again, Walters answered, but Calloway and Korin Harris each sunk free throws to put the 'Cats in the lead. It was then tied at eight, but Danielle Rizzari hit a big three, giving the WildCats a three-point lead.
The visitors scored six of the next eight, as Harris hit another pair from the line, giving them a narrow one-point lead. Kalyn Banks then hit a jumper with 21 seconds, as Randolph led 15-14 going into the second.
GC scored the first points of the second, before the WildCats responded. Samuels and Calloway went back to back, once again giving Randolph a three-point lead. It did not last long, as the Quakers tallied 11 of the final 12 points in the quarter. With that run, Guilford took a 27-20 advantage into the half.
The 'Cats came out of the break, ready to fight back, which saw both teams trading points throughout the early minutes. Baskets were exchanged, but due to the guests knocking down two three-point shots, the lead grew to 12. During that time, Harris and Johnson both had four, while Jacqueline Hockman added two.
It was at this point that the WildCats made a strong push. Banks hit a layup on a fast break, which was started by a Johnson steal. Calloway then converted a traditional three-point play. Kiana Scott knocked down a jumper after a Calloway steal, bringing the deficit to five. But the Quakers tallied four of the final six (Calloway hit two free throws), notching the margin at seven entering the fourth.
The last frame saw the point totals go up for both teams. Points were traded as Johnson (two) and Rizzari (three) answered opposing baskets. Guilford tallied six-straight (including a four-point play), but Randolph responded with its own 5-0 run, as Harris and Rizzari tallied. The runs continued to happen, as GC added six of eight. The 'Cats made a final push, with Calloway and Johnson combining for four points and brought the difference to eight. However, despite several baskets by the WildCats over the final minutes, the Quakers held on to win by that same amount.
Calloway had a terrific night, posting a double-double. She tallied 15 points and 12 rebounds (nine offensive). Harris joined her in double-figures with 13 points. Johnson provided another steady stat line, with nine points, six rebounds, six assists, and five steals. Amy Steller led all players with 17 points for Guilford (20-3 overall, 13-2 ODAC).
Randolph (11-13, 6-9) will head on the road for its final regular season game. The WildCats travel to Shenandoah University (4-19, 1-13) for a 2 p.m. showdown that will have large ODAC tournament implications.
In addition to what happend on the court, the 'Cats also wore yellow shoe laces. It continues the initiative between Randolph athletics and the Randolph Student-Athlete Advisory, raising awareness for pediatric cancer.