LYNCHBURG, Va. – Kalyn Banks (Clinton, Md./From the Heart Christian School) recorded a career-high 21 rebounds, scoring eight within the first quarter, as the Randolph College women's basketball team fell to visiting Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) foe Washington and Lee University, 53-48, on Wednesday evening in the RAD.
Despite a low score in the opening period, the Generals held the advantage with a 14-5 lead before Randolph pushed back in the second quarter, outscoring Washington and Lee, 12-7, to trail by four (21-17) at intermission.
Coming out of the break, both teams began to gain momentum with the Generals maintain the edge over Randolph. However, the WildCats remained close behind, eventually trimming the deficit to 36-30 heading into the final period.
Randolph secured the first few points on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter to slice the score to 36-32 before Washington and Lee pushed a 4-0 burst to extend its advantage to 40-32. However, the WildCats quickly closed in on the Generals, making it a close 43-42 game as Amber Garrett (Stephens City, Va./Sherando) drained a three-pointer with 4:32 remaining on the clock. Randolph secured its first lead of the game shortly after as Mikayla Sink (Lexington, N.C./Central Davidson) and Elizabeth Ellen (Mechanicsville, Va./Hanover) each put up a bucket to hand the WildCats a 46-43 edge.
The Generals quickly cut the score to 46-45 before reclaiming the lead with a three-point shot at the 1:52 mark. As time ran down, the WildCats trailed by one point (49-48) before ending up in foul trouble. After sending Washington and Lee to the line, Randolph was down, 51-48, with the possibility to push the game into overtime. However, a last second foul would cost the WildCats as the Generals converted a pair of free throws to cement the final 53-48 tally.
"I felt like we played outstanding defense tonight and I am proud because we have been working hard on that in practice. It is nice to see our hard work in practice come to fruition," stated head coach Andrea Kendall. "We had multiple chances on the free throw line to go ahead and/or tie, but were unable to convert. We left a lot of points at the rim and I feel like that was the main reason for the loss. I was impressed with Corrinne Anderson stepping up for us and Kalyn Banks playing as hard as she did without coming out of the game."
Banks' 21 rebounds places her fourth in the single game records book. One of two leading point scorers for the game, Banks concluded the contest with 14 points, three steals and five assists with Sink also recording 14 points in the loss.
Randolph drops to 3-11, 1-6 ODAC and continues the hunt for its next win as the WildCats host Eastern Mennonite University on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m.