EMORY, Va. – Taylor Samuels (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) recorded a team-high 15 points as the Randolph College women's basketball team dropped a 73-47 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) decision to host Emory & Henry College on Saturday afternoon.
Despite a brief 6-4 lead early on in the first quarter, the Wasps pushed an 18-7 run to grab a 22-13 advantage before capping off the period with a pair of free throws for a 24-13 margin. Emory & Henry continued to pull ahead in the second quarter, extending their lead by 10 (28-18) before a 9-1 burst handed them a comfortable 37-19 edge but the WildCats would make it a 37-22 halftime score as Samuels dished out a three-point shot at the buzzer.
Coming out of the break, Emory & Henry extended its lead to 47-24 with 6:32 remaining in the third quarter but the WildCats would start to slowly chip away at the Wasps' lead, pushing a 9-0 run to close the gap to 47-33 at the 2:57 mark. Randolph continued to slice the point deficit; however the Wasps would head into the final quarter with a 51-37 advantage.
Randolph would rope the score to 53-41 in the early minutes of the fourth quarter but solid three-point shooting by the Wasps ultimately pushed Emory & Henry to claim the 73-47 victory.
In spite of the loss, the WildCats concluded the game with a 60.0 free throw percentage (6-of-10), 22 points in the paint and 19 bench points.
Samuels made 5-of-13 shots from the field and 2-of-2 shots from the line to lead the offense while adding six rebounds. Lauren Moore (Sliver Spring, Md./Springbrook) chipped in nine points and two assists off the bench while Jade Jarvis (Sugar Grove, Va./Rural Retreat) pulled down six boards to go along with six points in the loss.
The WildCats fall to 5-17, 2-12 ODAC are back home on Wednesday, Feb. 14 when they host Guilford College at 7 p.m. in the RAD Center.