LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Randolph College women's basketball team fell to Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) foe Shenandoah University, 66-50, on Saturday afternoon in the RAD Center.
Although the Hornets managed to secure a 14-9 advantage in the opening quarter, the WildCats pulled out a 5-2 run, capped off with a three-point play by Breyanna Rice (Wake Forest, N.C./Heritage), to make a close 16-14 score. Shenandoah extended their lead in the following period, maintaining a 22-16 margin over Randolph, but ultimately outscored the WildCats to take a 35-25 lead heading into intermission.
With 7:04 remaining in the third quarter, the Hornets held a 42-29 edge but a 10-3 push by the WildCats, which ended with a last second three-point shot by Jasmine King (Fincastle, Va./Lord Botetourt), placed the Randolph just six points behind the Hornets (45-39) heading into the final period.
Riding the excitement of the third quarter, the WildCats kicked off the final period with a 4-0 burst to bring the score to a 45-43 with 7:51 left on the clock. The Hornets regrouped after calling a quick timeout and never once looked back as they outscored the WildCats 21-7 to take home the 66-50 win.
The Hornets edged the WildCats in field goal percentage, shooting 37.7 percent (23-of-61) compared to Randolph's 35.6 percent (21-of-59), the WildCats shot 40.0 percent (4-of-10) from beyond the arc while the Hornets only shot 21.7 percent (5-of-23) and finished with 21 bench points. Shenandoah's Kirstyn Arcata hit the 1,000th career-point milestone as she posted 17 points for the Hornets.
Sarah Wright (Mechanicsville, Va./Hanover) led Randolph with 10 points while Maura McMahon (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) totaled nine points and King notched seven. Jade Jarvis (Sugar Grove, Va./Rural Retreat) pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds with Kalyn Banks (Clinton, Md./From The Heart Christian School) adding in six boards. Taylor Samuels (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) totaled five assists in the loss.
"We had great effort and energy from everyone," said head coach Andrea Kendall. "I am impressed with some of our younger players, including Jasmine and Sarah. We will keep getting better but Shenandoah played a great game."
The WildCats fall to 4-14, 1-9 ODAC and will look for redemption when they travel to Washington and Lee University on Tuesday, Jan. 30 for a 7 p.m. conference contest.