ASHLAND, Va. – The University of Valley Forge returned to Ashland Friday night, looking to avenge its loss to Randolph-Macon in the NCAA Tournament back in March. But the Yellow Jackets remained the leaders on its own court as Randolph-Macon sailed to an 85-60 victory in the Randolph-Macon Classic presented by Riesbeck Contracting.
Score: Randolph-Macon 85, Valley Forge 60
Location/Venue: Crenshaw Gymnasium, Ashland, Va.
Records: Randolph-Macon 1-1, Valley Forge 1-1
How It Happened
- R-MC got a 7-0 run through the middle of the first quarter and used another 8-4 run with under five minutes to play to build a sizable lead to 19-6. The Yellow Jackets left the first quarter with a 27-10 advantage.
- Randolph-Macon kept the distance and never allowed the Patriots to get close through the second quarter, leaving the period with a 44-27 halftime buffer.
- Valley Forge had a run of seven points in a row that ended around the four-minute mark in the third period, but that was only a small portion of the lead R-MC had developed as the team went on to secure the 15 point victory.
Inside The Numbers
- Junior Kelly Williams (Garysburg, N.C./Halifax Academy) finished with 20 points and 20 rebounds with junior Charlotte Woods (Richmond, Va./Trinity) close behind her on the boards with 19. R-MC outrebounded Valley Forge on the offensive boards 38-8, gaining 23 points on second-chance opportunities.
- Senior Jayla Wade (Newport News, Va./Heritage) added 12 points to the Yellow Jackets' tally.
- Junior Michal Ross (Glen Allen, Va./Glen Allen), sophomore Elise Knobloch (Glenville, Pa./Delone Catholic) and freshman Lauren Lewis (Mount Laurel, N.J./Rancocas Valley Regional) each made three steals on the night. Ross tallied nine points as well while Lewis hit one from beyond the arc for the Yellow Jackets.
The Yellow Jackets continue in the Randolph-Macon Classic presented by Riesbeck Contracting tomorrow with a game against Arcadia at 4:00 PM. The game will be preceded by Emory & Henry facing Valley Forge at 2:00 PM. An All-Tournament Team will be announced following the second game.
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