LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Randolph College women's basketball team made a second half comeback to edge out Ferrum College, 61-59, in its Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) opener on Wednesday evening in the RAD.
Sharp three-point shooting from the Panthers placed them in the lead early in the first quarter and would maintain the lead all through the second period, fashioning a 35-25 advantage at intermission.
As the third quarter was underway, the Panthers extended their lead all the way to 41-25 with 6:43 remaining on the clock. However, the WildCats started to gain momentum as Randolph slowly chipped away at Ferrum's lead, eventually trimming the deficit to 46-42 off a last second layup by Kalyn Banks (Clinton, Md./From the Heart Christian School).
The WildCats trailed the Panthers by three (48-45) in the start of the fourth period but quickly cut the deficit to 48-47 off another Banks bucket. Despite Ferrum's ability to increase its point gap to 52-47, a three-pointer by Corrinne Anderson (Amelia, Va./Blessed Sacrament Huguenot) and a layup by banks leveled the score to 52-all with 4:15 left to play. A 4-0 run by the WildCats placed them in the lead for the first time but the Panthers immediately evened the score to 56-all at the 2:04 mark.
As time ran down on the clock, Ferrum held a 59-56 advantage and seemed poised to win the game before a bucket by Dominique Jackson (Greensboro, N.C./Ben L. Smith) cut the point deficit to 59-58 with just 20 seconds remaining. A shooting foul called on the Panthers sent Jackson to the line where the first-year guard converted both shots to make it 60-59 in favor of Randolph. Despite the Panthers' best efforts to make another basket, another free throw shot by Jackson sealed the final 61-59 tally as time expired.
Banks shot 11-of-20 from the floor and was 3-of-3 from the line for 25 points, to go along with a team-high nine rebounds, while Jackson converted 5-of-7 from the field and 9-of-15 from the foul line to record 20 points and pulled down eight boards in the win. Jackson and Yanessa Cabrera (Manassas, Va./Stonewall Jackson) each totaled three steals for the night while Mikayla Sink (Lexington, N.C./Central Davidson) finished with three assists.
The WildCats improve to 3-4, 1-0 ODAC and are back in action on Saturday, Dec. 1 when they travel to Bridgewater College for a 4:30 p.m. conference match-up.