LYNCHBURG, Va. – Despite leading for most of the first half, the Randolph College women's basketball team ultimately fell to visiting St. Andrews University on Saturday afternoon to close out 2017.
Randolph led from the start of game play as the WildCats held a 25-17 advantage to close out the first period. However, the Knights started to chip away at Randolph's lead, eventually leveling the score to 32-all before securing a slim 33-32 edge as the clock ran down on the second quarter.
Coming out of halftime, the score remained tight between both teams but St. Andrews managed to jump ahead, 41-38 at the 2:57 mark but Randolph remained close behind and soon trimmed the deficit to 43-42 off of a pair of Daijah Johnson (Beltsville, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) free throws. Despite the Knights best efforts to increase the point gap, Randolph would keep it a close game as Maura McMahon (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) floated a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it a 47-45 score.
To piggy back off of her buzzer shot in the previous period, McMahon sunk another 3-point shot in the early minutes of the fourth quarter before Taylor Samuels (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) evened the playing field at 50-all with a layup. The score would tie several times throughout the period before Randolph took a slight 62-58 edge at the 3:49 mark. The WildCats were able to push their lead to 64-61 but the Knights were quick to catch up with a 4-0 run that landed them ahead once again.
With just seconds remaining on the clock, McMahon managed to rope the score to 67-66 off of a pair of free throws but the WildCats were plagued by fouls that send the Knights to the line, ultimately securing their final 69-66 victory.
Four WildCats landed in double-figure points in the loss with Kalyn Banks (Clinton, Md./From The Heart Christian School) leading the way with 17 points off the bench while Johnson chipped in 14 points to go along with six assists. McMahon added 12 for Randolph with Samuels recording 11 points. Alexis Calloway (Williamsburg, Va./Bruton) pulled down a team-high eight boards while Banks added six.
The WildCats drop to 3-7 overall and return to conference play on Wednesday, Jan. 3 when they host Lynchburg College at 7 p.m. in the RAD.