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Yellow Jackets’ Exceptional Shooting Leads To Win Against Hollins

Elise Knobloch dribbles ahead

ROANOKE, Va. – Randolph-Macon shot nearly 52% from the floor, going 30-58 and leading to a 78-22 victory over Hollins (1-6, 0-2 ODAC). R-MC (6-1, 2-0 ODAC), which received 13 votes into the national D3Hoops Top 25 this week, in a poll released today, is averaging 77.0 points per game, which ranks in the Top 30 nationally in Division III. 

For the second game in a row, the R-MC bench powered the Yellow Jackets for much of the game. Freshman Becca Arrington (Amelia, Va. / Amelia Academy) was a key player in the non-starting group, and led all scorers with 19 points. The bench tallied 39 points for the whole game.

Hollins opened the first quarter and took a 2-0 lead in the opening frame. But those two points would be the only two that they scored in the first quarter, as the R-MC defense held them to just the opening jumper. Meantime, the R-MC offense rattled off 17 points, thanks to the work of starters senior Teal Reynolds (Sterling, Va. / Potomac Falls), juniors Kelsey Wisner (York, Pa. / Central York) and Jayla Wade (Newport News, Va. / Heritage) and sophomores Kelly Williams (Garysburg, N.C. / Halifax Academy) and Charlotte Woods (Richmond, Va. / Trinity). Each of the starters scored at least one point in the first half, while Arrington made a three-pointer and a layup to end the quarter.

Wade opened the second period with a jump shot while Woods added another two within the first minute and a half of action. Freshman Elise Knobloch (Glenville, Pa. / Delone Catholic) also added points in the first 3:00 of the quarter with a jump shot to put R-MC up 27-4. The team took a 44-9 advantage into the second half.

Wade also went on a tear early in the third quarter. She scored eight points in five minutes of work in the period. She finished the game with 12 points, going 3-5 from the field and 5-8 from the charity stripe. She also stole the ball four times and pulled in three rebounds.

Arrington continued her solid run through the fourth quarter, starting out with a three-point play after being fouled. She added another free throw with less than 5:00 to go in the game and added a pair of three-pointers with less than 3:30 to go. She finished 4-4 from beyond the arc and 6-8 from the field. In addition to her 19 points, she pulled down five rebounds and had three steals.

Reynolds also tallied a score in the fourth quarter. She finished with six points, four rebounds and four assists.

Williams, who came into the game as the nation's top rebounder and 2nd in points and blocks per game, finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. She also had two blocks. It was her first non-double-double game of the season, of which she was one of the nation's top players, tallying six in six games, good for a first-place tie in that category nationally.

Woods added nine rebounds in addition to six points. She had two assists and two steals as well. Wisner tallied two points, three rebounds, two steals and an assist in 20 minutes of work.

In addition to Arrington and Knobloch, junior Leara Shumate (Fishersville, Va. / Wilson Memorial) and sophomore Brie Zimmerman (Powhatan, Va. / Blessed Sacrament) contributed major minutes off the bench. Shumate finished with eight points and six rebounds as well as a pair each of assists and steals. She went 2-2 from the charity stripe as well. Zimmerman had seven points and three rebounds while going 3-7 from the field, while Knobloch had five points and six assists in 25 minutes of work.

Randolph-Macon now prepares for the Cruzin Classic in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. in two weeks. They will face Lawrence on Sunday, December 17 at 4:00 PM and Lycoming on Monday, December 18 at 2:00 PM. Both games are at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center. Live video streaming will be available, however a charge of $8.95 per game will apply.