SALEM, Va. - Sophomore Kelly Williams (Garysburg, N.C./Halifax Academy) registered her 24th double-double of the season and tied the ODAC Tournament record for rebounds in a game with 24 as the second-seeded Randolph-Macon women's basketball team eliminated No. 7 Bridgewater 76-58 Thursday evening in the quarterfinals of the 2018 ODAC Tournament at the Salem Civic Center.
The Yellow Jackets (20-5) advance to the semifinals on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 3:00 p.m. to face #6 Virginia Wesleyan. R-MC defeated the Marlins twice during the regular season. The Eagles end their season at 13-13.
Williams, the 2018 ODAC Player of the Year, had 19 points to go along with her two dozen boards, one rebound away from her career high. Williams tied Stacy Carr of Virginia Wesleyan, who pulled down 24 rebounds against Bridgewater in 1990. Senior Teal Reyolds (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) and junior Jayla Wade (Newport News, Va./Heritage) both tallied 14 points, while junior Charlotte Woods (Richmond, Va./Trinity), an All-ODAC Third Team selection, had nine points and 16 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets.
Williams and Wade had the first two buckets of the game as R-MC took an early 4-0 lead. BC used a 7-2 spurt to take a 7-6 lead with 4:45 remaining in the first period. Arrington nailed a three-pointer to put the Yellow Jackets ahead for good at 9-7 with 4:05 left. A pair of free throws by junior Leara Shumate (Fishersville, Va./Wilson Memorial) with 9.1 seconds left gave R-MC a 16-10 advantage before a three-point play by the Eagles at the buzzer made it 16-13 after one.
The Yellow Jackets led 24-20 with 5:25 left before closing the quarter on a 12-4 run to take a 36-24 lead at intermission. R-MC scored the final six points of the period from the free throw line. Williams had 11 points and 13 rebounds in the first half, while Reynolds tallied eight points.
A jumper by Wade gave R-MC a 38-24 lead one minute into the third period. An 11-2 spurt by BC narrowed the deficit to five at 40-35 with 6:45 left. The Yellow Jackets were up 49-41 before a pair of free throws by Williams, a trey by Wade and two foul shots by Knobloch pushed the advantage to 15 at 56-41 with 1:30 remaining. A layup by the Eagles made it 56-43 after three quarters.
A pair of layups by Reynolds sparked a 17-4 spurt to start the final period as R-MC took a 73-47 lead with 4:44 remaining. BC closed the game on an 11-3 run to make the final 76-58.
The R-MC defense held BC to 32.8% shooting from the floor (20 of 61), including 20% on three-pointers (3 for 15). The Yellow Jackets held a 63-42 advantage on the boards, including a 30-10 edge on the offensive glass. R-MC had 19 second-chance points, compared to two for the Eagles.