GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The third quarter made the difference in a close contest between the top two teams in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Saturday afternoon as Randolph-Macon Women's Basketball fell to Guilford in Greensboro. Three Yellow Jackets were in double figures, but Guilford's advantage on the boards led to a close Quaker win.
Score: Guilford 60, Randolph-Macon 53
Location/Venue: Ragan-Brown Field House, Greensboro, N.C.
Records: Guilford (11-5, 8-1 ODAC), Randolph-Macon (12-4, 7-2 ODAC)
How It Happened
- In what would be a predictor for the push-and-pull nature of the game, both teams opened with a three-pointer that were both successful. Randolph-Macon's, by freshman Lauren Lewis (Mount Laurel, N.J. / Rancocas Valley Regional), were the first points of the contest. Guilford went on a 7-0 run to build a 12-5 lead mid-way through the period, but Randolph-Macon got a 5-0 run of its own as the period was winding down as junior Charlotte Woods (Richmond, Va. / Trinity) made a layup and senior Kelsey Wisner (York, Pa. / Central York) scored a three-pointer to cut the Quaker lead to just one before GC added back to the advantage before the end of the period.
- Randolph-Macon scored its first lead of the game as Woods tallied a layup with 8:46 to go in the second quarter. The game remained without a score over the next two-and-a-half minutes until junior Michal Ross (Glen Allen, Va. / Glen Allen) added to the R-MC lead with 6:04 to go with another shot along the baseline. Randolph-Macon was able to keep the slim lead heading into the halftime break ahead 25-23.
- But the third quarter proved to be the problem point for the Yellow Jackets. After going nearly shot-for-shot over the first six minutes, Guilford went on a 10-0 run in the final 3:55 of the frame and ended up outscoring R-MC 18-9 in the period. GC's Brianna Allen accounted for half of the Guilford points in that run.
- That cushion for Guilford proved critical in the final quarter of play. R-MC had a run of its own, making a pair of baskets, plus a free throw, but the Quakers were able to keep the distance. The Quakers had a 7-0 run of their own through the middle of the period and late fouls were not enough to make up the difference in the third quarter as the Yellow Jackets fell 60-53.
Inside The Numbers
- Guilford had control of the boards for much of the game, outrebounding R-MC 43-27. GC also outshot R-MC 43% to 36%.
- Woods led R-MC with 16 points and pulled down eight boards. She dished out an assist and had a steal and a block as well.
- Wisner finished with eight points and an assist and steal.
- Ross was also a double-digit scorer for R-MC, tallying 12. She pulled in five rebounds and had a steal as well.
- Lewis finished with five points and a rebound.
- Sophomore Becca Arrington (Amelia, Va. / Amelia Academy) was the third Yellow Jacket in double-figures, scoring ten points, including a pair of three-pointers.
- Freshman Aimee DeBell (Studley, Va. / Saint Gertrude) added five boards to the Yellow Jacket final tally while fellow freshman Cheridan Hatfield (Fishersville, Va. / Wilson Memorial) added three.
Randolph-Macon will face Virginia Wesleyan in Virginia Beach on Tuesday evening at 7:00 PM.