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Ross, Arrington Lead #21 R-MC Women's Hoops to 72-68 Win over EMU

Becca Arrington shooting a layup
Becca Arrington (photo by Frank Straus)

ASHLAND, Va. - Junior Michal Ross (Glen Allen, Va./Glen Allen) led all players with 23 points, including the go-ahead bucket in the final minute, and sophomore Becca Arrington (Amelia, Va./Amelia Academy) scored nine of her season-high 14 points late in the game as the 21st-ranked Randolph-Macon women's basketball team recorded a 72-68 ODAC victory over Eastern Mennonite Tuesday evening in Crenshaw Gym.

The Basics

Score: Randolph-Macon 72, Eastern Mennonite 68

Location/Venue: Ashland, Virginia/Crenshaw Gym

Records: R-MC 12-3, 7-1 ODAC; EMU 7-8, 4-4 ODAC

How It Happened

  • The Royals scored seven of the game's first nine points, leading 7-2 two minutes into the contest. EMU was up 11-5 before consecutive buckets by freshman Aimee DeBell (Studley, Va./Saint Gertrude) and Ross pulled the Yellow Jackets within two at 11-9 with 4:25 remaining in the first period. The Royals used a 9-1 spurt to take a 20-10 lead with 1:10 left. Ross scored five straight to spark a 7-0 run as R-MC trailed 20-17 after one. Ross had seven points and three rebounds in the first quarter.
  • A three-pointer by senior Kelsey Wisner (York, Pa./Central York) extended the run to 10 as the Yellow Jackets leveled the score at 20-20. After a jumper by EMU, a trey by freshman Lauren Lewis (Mount Laurel, N.J./Rancocas Valley) gave R-MC its first lead at 23-22. Jumpers by Ross and Wisner pushed the Yellow Jacket advantage to five at 27-22. A free throw by senior Jayla Wade (Newport News, Va./Heritage) capped the 18-2 run as R-MC went up 28-22 with 4:20 left in the second period. The Royals registered seven straight points to reclaim the lead at 29-28 with 2:30 remaining. EMU was up 33-29 before a three-pointer by Arrington with 23 seconds left and a free throw by Wisner with one second remaining tied the score at 33-33 at the break. Ross led all players with nine points, seven rebounds and two steals in the first half.
  • EMU tallied the first nine points of the third period before back-to-back layups by Ross cut the deficit to five at 42-37 with 5:45 left in the third quarter. R-MC trailed 45-39 midway through the period before a layup by Ross and consecutive buckets by DeBell evened the score at 45-45 heading to the final period.
  • There were six lead changes in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter before a jumper by DeBell tied the game at 54-54 with 6:30 remaining. The Royals used an 8-2 spurt to go ahead 62-56 with 3:25 left. Arrington scored nine straight points, with a pair of treys sandwiched around a traditional three-point play to give the Yellow Jackets a 65-62 advantage with 1:40 left. After a three-pointer by EMU tied it at 65-65, Ross scored on a layup with 53 seconds remaining to give R-MC the lead for good at 67-65. Freshman Cheridan Hatfield (Fishersville, Va./Wilson Memorial) hit a pair of free throws with 24 seconds left to give the home team a 69-65 edge. The Royals converted three free throws to pull within one at 69-68 with 22 seconds left. Wisner made two foul shots with 18 seconds left to extend the lead to 71-68. A long three-pointer by EMU went in and out, and Lewis made a final free throw with 5 seconds remaining made the final 72-68.

By The Numbers

  • R-MC outscored EMU 27-23 in the final period. The Yellow Jackets were 9 for 17 from the floor (53.9%), 3 for 5 on treys (60%) and 6 for 7 from the free throw line (85.7%).
  • On bench points, R-MC outscored EMU 42-13.
  • The Yellow Jackets had a 19-3 advantage on fast break points, and 15-6 on second chance points.
  • R-MC had three players score in double figures. Along with 23 by Ross and 14 by Arrington, DeBell hit double figures for the second time this season with 11 points.
  • The Yellow Jackets held a 43-33 advantage on the boards, and outrebounded the Royals by eight in the second half. Junior Charlotte Woods (Richmond, Va./Trinity) led all players with 10 rebounds, while Ross pulled down nine. DeBell grabbed six boards for the victors.
  • Wisner had six assists to go along with eight points. She also had a pair of steals. Ross paced R-MC with four thefts.

Notes

  • R-MC recorded its 400th ODAC victory since joining the conference for the 1989-90 season. All have come under the leadership of head coach Carroll LaHaye.
  • The Yellow Jackets now lead the all-time series with the Royals 49-18.
  • R-MC remained perfect at home, raising its record to 7-0 in Crenshaw Gym this season.

National Ranking

  • Randolph-Macon remained ranked by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), it was announced on Tuesday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets dropped one spot to No. 21. R-MC has been ranked in three straight polls by the WBCA.

Up Next

  • Randolph-Macon travels to Guilford on Saturday, Jan. 12 for a 2 p.m. ODAC contest.