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Big Third Helps WildCats Make History; To Host on Tuesday

Banks scored 11 points in the big win on Saturday
Banks in the post

For Immediate Release – 2/18/17 - #195
Big Third Helps WildCats Make History

WINCHESTOR, VA – The Randolph College women's basketball team outscored Shenandoah University 19-2 in the third period on Saturday.  That burst helped the WildCats win 49-38 and it gave them their seventh Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) win of the year.  It is the first time the team has won that many conference games since the 1997-1998 season.  With the win the team also earned the right to host an ODAC First Round Tournament game on Tuesday

The first half was more about defense then offense for both teams.  SU and Randolph both tallied four points in the first minute and a half, but the scoring dried up soon after.  Korin Harris and Danielle Rizzari each tallied in that time, as the score was tied at four at the 8:22 mark.  The Hornets tallied nine more, making it an 11-0 run, but Jacqueline Hockman ended the first with a jumper.  The basket at 19 seconds made the score 13-6 entering the second. 

The two teams traded baskets for the first six minutes of the second.  However, only four points came for both during that time.  Alexis Calloway and Taylor Samuels tallied for the 'Cats.  Shenandoah hit five-straight free throws and Samuels added a late one, putting the score at 22-11 entering the half.

It was at that point that Randolph showed how good they could be on the day.  The WildCats dominated the third period, allowing only two points.  Hockman got it going, hitting a jumper and assisting on the next two buckets, scored by Samuels and Harris.  Harris then tallied down low off a pass from Rizzari, who completed the 9-0 run with a free throw shortly after.  The Hornets tallied the next bucket to go up four, but it would start a much larger 'Cat run.

Harris hit a layup, before Hockman added four more points.  Daijah Johnson then closed out the third with four more points, as the WildCats led 30-24 entering the final frame.  Fortunately, burst was not over.  Kalyn Banks and Hockman combined for six points, extending the advantage to 12.  It was at that point that Hornets finally ended the 16-0 run.

Shenandoah scored five-straight to bring the margin to seven, but Banks came back with another pair from the line.  Following another home bucket, Hockman and Camille Gallagher combined for four, pushing the lead back to 11.  There was another exchange, as Erin French scored for the Hornets, but Samuels did the same for the WildCats.  French then sunk one free throw, but Banks converted a traditional three-point play to seal the victory.  She added two more from the stripe, giving the 'Cats the 49-38 win.

Hockman and Banks both finished in double-figures with 12 and 11 respectively, while Harris added 10 rebounds in the game.  The biggest effort came on the defensive end, as the WildCats held Shenandoah (5-20 overall, 2-14 ODAC) to 25% shooting for the game.  The Hornets also committed 23 turnovers, with Samuels and Johnson both recording four steals.  In addition, it was the second time this year the team has held someone under 40 points in a game.

Randolph (12-13, 7-9) closed out its regular season with today's game.  However, the ODAC tournament beckons, and the WildCats will play a first round game on Tuesday night.  The 'Cats will welcome Bridgewater College (14-11, 7-9) in what will be a rematch of last year's first round game, which was held at BC.  Further information to be provided later.