BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Senior Kelsey Wisner (York, Pa. / Central York) tallied a career night in three categories, while head coach Carroll LaHaye earned the Old Dominion Athletic Conference record for most overall wins as a head coach as the Yellow Jackets defeated Bridgewater in the conference opener Tuesday night.
Score: Randolph-Macon 94, Bridgewater 87
Location/Venue: Nininger Hall, Bridgewater, Va.
Records: Randolph-Macon (3-1, 1-0 ODAC), Bridgewater (3-1, 0-1 ODAC)
How It Happened
- Randolph-Macon opened the first quarter with a four-point run after both teams opened with a bucket. Bridgewater climbed back in to tie the period at 8-8. After another tie at 10-10, R-MC went on a 9-0 run spanning nearly three minutes of play. R-MC finished the period with a 12-point lead at 24-12.
- Around 12 points is what the R-MC kept the Eagles for almost the entirety of the second period. The Eagles did cut the lead to six at the 4:34 mark, but R-MC quickly extended back out to the 14 over the next two minutes, taking the 39-25 advantage, thanks to four buckets in a row by junior Michal Ross (Glen Allen, Va. / Glen Allen). R-MC took the 43-30 lead into the halftime break.
- Early in the third quarter, Bridgewater made a quick run back. After a quarter-opening jumper by senior Jayla Wade (Newport News, Va. / Heritage), BC went on a 10-0 to cut the lead to four at the 7:53 mark. Over the next three minutes, R-MC extended the lead, a lot of work happening at the charity stripe. Junior Kelly Williams (Garysburg, N.C. / Halifax Academy) made a free throw, while Wisner added a couple as well and junior Charlotte Woods (Richmond, Va. / Trinity) made a pair of baskets to get the score back out to R-MC's double-digit lead at the 4:09 mark. The Yellow Jackets left the third quarter with the 12 point lead at 68-56.
- Bridgewater made another early quarter run in the fourth, cutting R-MC's cushion to just three points. The Eagle defense shut down R-MC for the first two minutes of play, while the Eagle offense scored nine straight points. At the 6:35 mark, R-MC had the ten point lead 77-67, but Bridgewater never went away and continued to chip at the lead over the remaining minutes of the period. The Eagles got the game within three again at the 4:58 mark, but Williams made a three-pointer to extend the lead to six, while Wisner made a layup a few moments later. R-MC was able to keep the distance through the stretch and settled the final score at 94-87.
Inside The Numbers
- Wisner had a career night with 21 points, seven assists and two blocks. All three markers were career highs. She also made four steals. She was also perfect at the free throw line, going 8-8.
- Williams finished with 29 points and 11 rebounds, her fourth double-double in as many games.
- Ross tallied a season-high of 16 points. She added four rebounds and three assists.
- Freshman Lauren Lewis (Mount Laurel, N.J. / Rancocas Valley Regional) dished out five assists and tallied 11 points.
- Wade finished with five points.
- Sophomore Elise Knobloch (Glenville, Pa. / Delone Catholic) and freshmen Cheridan Hatfield (Fishersville, Va. / Wilson Memorial) and Aimee DeBell (Studley, Va. / Saint Gertrude) each had solid minutes from the bench. Knobloch went 3-4 from the free throw line and hit a field goal to tally five points while dishing out three assists as well.
LaHaye Earns ODAC Career Overall Wins Mark
- Head Coach Carroll LaHaye earned another career record in the ODAC tonight. She now has more overall wins than any other ODAC head coach in history.
- Her now 612 surpass Roanoke's Susan Dunagan, who finished her career with 611. Dunagan coached the Maroons for 33 years until her retirement in 2014.
- LaHaye became the 59th coach across all divisions of NCAA Women's Basketball to coach to 600 wins last season. She began the 2018-19 season 28th for most winningest coach by wins across all divisions of NCAA Women's Basketball. In Division III, LaHaye now ranks 14th for most wins by a head coach. Only eight coaches are ahead of LaHaye across all divisions of NCAA Women's Basketball for most seasons with a single team.
Randolph-Macon will face Shenandoah at 5:00 PM in Winchester next Wednesday, November 28.