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Women’s Basketball Uses Strong First Quarter Against Arcadia

Freshman Lauren Lewis defending

ASHLAND, Va. – Randolph-Macon Women's Basketball scored 23 points compared to Arcadia's 10 in a strong first quarter en route to a 14 point win Saturday afternoon in the Randolph-Macon Classic presented by Riesbeck Contracting.

The Basics

Score: Randolph-Macon 88, Arcadia 74

Location/Venue: Ashland, Va./Crenshaw Gym

Records: Randolph-Macon 2-1, Arcadia 1-2

How It Happened

  • After a close first three minute, the Yellow Jackets really began to put separation between themselves and the Knights. A layup by junior Charlotte Woods (Richmond, Va. / Trinity) at the 7:05 mark kickstarted a 10-4 run by Randolph-Macon. The Yellow Jackets finished the first quarter on a 9-0 run that helped push the team to a 23-10 lead.
  • Both teams made inroads in the second quarter --- Arcadia towards the lead and Randolph-Macon into keeping its advantage. When all was said and done in the period though, each team had scored 24 in the frame and R-MC headed into the break with a 47-34 lead. Neither team had a strong run as they both traded baskets for much of the quarter. Junior Kelly Williams (Garysburg, N.C. / Halifax Academy) led the team in the period with six points.
  • Arcadia was able to get the deficit to eight early in the period and outscored R-MC in the period 17-14, but R-MC's lead from the first quarter was too great for the Knights to overcome in a single run. The Knights spanned an 11-0 run from the end of the second quarter to about the 9:00 mark of the third period, but that would signify their longest scoring sequence of the night.  The Yellow Jackets inched away through the waning moments of the quarter and took a ten point lead into the final frame.
  • Five free throws opened the fourth period for R-MC, with Williams making three and freshman Lauren Lewis (Mount Laurel, N.J. / Rancocas Valley Regional) adding two. Those charity stripe conversions helped give R-MC a double-digit lead again. Lewis hit a big three with 4:31 remaining to give R-MC a 74-59 advantage as R-MC cruised to the victory for the remainder of the period. Lewis led the Yellow Jackets in the frame with 13 points.

Inside The Numbers

  • Williams led all scorers with 29 points. She also pulled in 18 rebounds, marking her third double-double of the season. Williams had a top five in the nation for double-doubles last year.
  • Lewis also had her best game of her young career. She scored 16 points and dished out seven assists. She was also 8-8 from the free throw line.  
  • Williams made seven blocks on the game as well. Junior Michal Ross (Glen Allen, Va. / Glen Allen) added three to total 10 for R-MC. Ross also tallied eight points and four rebounds.
  • Senior Jayla Wade (Newport News, Va. / Heritage) caused problems for Arcadia all game long. She made three steals and put up 12 points. Additionally, she drew seven fouls in the game.

All-Tournament Team

  • Woods was named to the Randolph-Macon Classic All-Tournament Team. Williams was named the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Both players were given recognition by the Classic's presenting sponsor, Riesbeck Contracting and owner Bernie Riesbeck.
  • Williams had 49 points and 38 rebounds spanning the two games of the Classic.
  • Woods had a tremendous weekend for the Yellow Jackets. Against Arcadia, she tallied 14 points and 13 assists, which gave her a second double-double this year.
  • The other members of the All-Tournament team included Arcadia's Taylor Dunn, Valley Forge's Jhanel Brown and Emory & Henry's Sydney McKinney and Taylor Blevins. 

Up Next

Randolph-Macon will head to Bridgewater for a 7:00 PM tilt on Tuesday, November 20 to open the Old Dominion Athletic Conference schedule.