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WildCats Fall at Virginia Wesleyan, 76-56, in ODAC Action

DJ Jackson goes for the layup

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Randolph College women's basketball team dropped a 76-56 decision to host and Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) rival Virginia Wesleyan University on Wednesday evening. 

The Marlins outscored the WildCats, 23-16, in the opening period but Randolph fought back in the second quarter as each team knocked down 13 points apiece. Still, it would be Virginia Wesleyan with the 36-29 lead heading into halftime. 

As the third period was underway, the Marlins escaped the WildCats' clutches to storm off with a 49-32 margin with 6:28 left on the clock. A 6-2 push by Randolph sliced the deficit to 51-38 but the Marlins continued to extend its lead, eventually settling on a 61-41 margin to begin the fourth quarter.

Despite Randolph's best efforts to chip away at Virginia Wesleyan's lead, the Marlins retained a comfortable advantage to ultimately secure the final 76-56 tally as time expired.

Dominique Jackson (Greensboro, N.C./Ben L. Smith) posted 23 point for the WildCats, shooting 6-of-6 from the line while Kalyn Banks (Clinton, Md./From the Heart Christian School) concluded the game with 22 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Mikayla Sink (Lexington, N.C./Central Davidson) dished out four assists in the loss while Banks and Sara Bane (Blue Ridge, Va./Lord Botetourt) each collected two steals.

The WildCats drop to 3-9, 1-4 ODAC and are back in action on Saturday, Jan. 5 when they travel to Emory & Henry College for a 2 p.m. ODAC contest.