ASHLAND, Va. – Three Yellow Jackets topped double figures for points Tuesday night as the Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets opened Old Dominion Athletic Conference play with a win over the Washington and Lee Generals 76-69 in Crenshaw Gymnasium. Junior Jayla Wade (Newport News, Va. / Heritage) and sophomores Charlotte Woods (Richmond, Va. / Trinity) and Kelly Williams (Garysburg, N.C. / Halifax Academy) each hit double-digits in the win over the Generals. Woods and Williams both had a double-double.
Woods set the tone for the Yellow Jackets in the opening period. She tallied six points and three rebounds, a team lead for both categories. She opened her scoring with a pair of free throws to give R-MC (4-1, 1-0 ODAC) the lead at 6-4 about halfway through the period. W&L (4-1, 0-1 ODAC) was able to take the lead with 4:42 to go in the first before Williams hit two layups in a row to bring the score closer – followed by Woods hitting a layup to take the lead with 2:21 to go. Woods hit another field goal before the period ended to allow R-MC to take the 16-15 edge into the second quarter.
From there, the trio dominated the first part of the second period. After a Williams free throw to start the quarter, W&L tied the game at 17 before Wade fired off a three-pointer to retake the advantage. Woods hit a pair of field goals and Williams added another two to bring the R-MC advantage to five with 5:00 to go in the frame. Williams closed the period out solidly with a layup with 2:00 to go – which was the last point scored by either team as R-MC took the 31-26 lead into the break.
Williams and Woods each had 12 points at halftime and Woods led the team with seven rebounds with Williams adding six.
R-MC started out the second half well too, scoring eight points and holding W&L to just four in the first three minutes of the period. Wade hit another three-pointer in the middle of the period, and Woods and Williams continued to add field goals as well. Senior Teal Reynolds (Sterling, Va. / Potomac Falls) and junior Kelsey Wisner (York, Pa. / Central York) had a free throw and a layup respectively, while freshman Becca Arrington (Amelia, Va. / Amelia Academy) added one of each herself with 1:50 to go in the 3rd. Williams closed the period out with a layup and a pair of free throws to allow R-MC to have a comfortable 56-44 lead heading into the final quarter.
Wisner scored five points and Wade added two free throws in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter. But W&L threatened to get back in the game. The Generals went on a 10-3 run from the five minute mark until 2:12 to go, bringing the score within 11 at 66-55. They also scored eight in the final 1:03, but thanks to the early lead for R-MC, the Yellow Jackets got opportunities at the charity stripe, converting many of them to stave off the Generals and take the win 76-69.
Williams completed her fifth double-double of the season – one in every game so far – with 27 points and 17 rebounds. She was the nation's leader for rebounding per game, averaging 21.8 coming in to tonight's game. She added seven blocks as well. Woods had her second double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds. She was 7-11 from the field and 2-2 from the free throw line. She dished out four assists. Wade also had four assists and put up 12 points on the night. Wisner totaled nine points and added a steal, while Reynolds had six points, six rebounds and six assists to go with her four steals as well. Off the bench, Arrington and freshman Elise Knobloch (Glenville, Pa. / Delone Catholic) each had three points, with Arrington gathering up two rebounds and forcing a steal as well.
The Yellow Jackets took advantage of 2nd chance opportunities in full force, outscoring the Generals 17-2 when those chances came along.
Randolph-Macon will be back in action Saturday against Mid-Atlantic Christian University at 4:30 PM in Crenshaw Gymnasium for non-conference action.