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WildCats Pull Out 53-47 ODAC Win Over Hollins

Taylor Samuels goes for the layup

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Three WildCats racked up double-figure points as the Randolph College women's basketball team defeated Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) foe Hollins University, 53-47, on Saturday afternoon in the RAD Center.

Randolph dominated the opening quarter, securing a comfortable 15-4 margin, but Hollins rallied in the second period to slice the deficit to 23-20 with 3:19 remaining in the half. The WildCats responded immediately after with a 7-0 run to take hold of a 30-20 lead as both teams headed into the locker rooms.

Coming out of the break, Hollins started to chip away at Randolph's lead, trailing only by seven (42-35) as the game headed into the final period. A 6-4 push placed Hollins behind the WildCats, 46-41 before slicing the deficit further to 46-44 at the 4:54 mark. After a brief timeout called by Randolph, the WildCats managed to hold on a little longer to finally capture the 53-47 tally and their second conference victory.

"It was a great team win," said head coach Andrea Kendall. "We still have a lot of work ahead of us but we are going to celebrate this one."

The WildCats shot 40.4 percent (23-of-57) from the field and 42.9 percent (6-of-14) from beyond the arc and edged out Hollins, 38-33, in rebounds while converting 12 points off turnovers, collecting 11 second chance points and putting up 18 points in the paint to go along with 19 bench points.

Taylor Samuels (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) notched a team-high 13 points, shooting 5-of-13 from the floor and 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, while Kalyn Banks (Clinton, Md./From The Heart Christian School) shot 6-of-13 from the field to add 12 points for the WildCats. Maura McMahon (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) was the third Randolph player to score double-figure points, collecting 11 off the bench, making 4-of-6 shots from the floor and 3-of-5 3-pointers. Banks also led the team with seven rebounds while Daijah Johnson (Beltsville, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) chipped in six rebounds, four assists and two steals.   

Randolph improves to 5-15, 2-10 ODAC and is back in the RAD Center on Wednesday, Feb. 7 when it hosts ODAC rival Virginia Wesleyan University at 7 p.m.