SALEM, Va. – Randolph-Macon Women's Basketball scored 17 points in the fourth quarter and held Roanoke to just eight in the frame after the two teams left the third quarter tied, en route to a critical Old Dominion Athletic Conference victory Saturday afternoon.
Score: Randolph-Macon 61, Roanoke 52
Location/Venue: Salem, Va./Cregger Center
Records: Randolph-Macon (16-7, 11-5 ODAC), Roanoke (15-9, 8-9 ODAC)
How It Happened
- After the teams played tight over the first five minutes of play, Randolph-Macon advanced to a 10-4 lead in the first quarter thanks to a 4-0 run over two minutes of play in the middle stages of the quarter. Roanoke got as close as a two-point deficit with about two-and-a-half minutes to go, but Randolph-Macon took a 13-10 advantage into the second quarter.
- R-MC made an early 4-0 run again to go ahead 17-10 with about eight minutes to go in the second. A Roanoke three-pointer with 6:14 left got Roanoke within one before another three-pointer about a minute later pushed the Maroons ahead 21-19. The run continued with a layup by RC coming out of a timeout, before R-MC broke the run as junior Michal Ross (Glen Allen, Va. / Glen Allen) hit a jumper with 4:14 left. RC kept the distance and took a lead into halftime, though sophomore Becca Arrington (Amelia, Va. / Amelia Academy) hit a three-pointer with under 15 seconds to play to cut the Maroon lead to four at the break.
- Neither team scored for about two minutes into the opening stages of the third quarter. But five buckets in a row for Roanoke leading up to the five-minute mark in the period led to a 13-point Maroon advantage. Around the five minute mark, senior Kelsey Wisner (York, Pa. / Central York) broke the Yellow Jackets drought with a layup. Ross followed that up with one of her own just moments later. Junior Charlotte Woods (Richmond, Va. / Trinity) hit two buckets in a row and Wisner finished off the two-and-a-half minute run with a score, cutting the Maroon lead to just three at 41-38. After a Maroon basket, Wisner hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to just one and Ross finished the quarter off with three free throws to tie the game at 44-44 heading into the final frame.
- After a RC free throw and a pair of layups by both teams, R-MC nursed a one point lead until Ross hit a layup with 6:21 to go, forcing a Roanoke timeout. Sophomore Elise Knobloch (Glenville, Pa. / Delone Catholic) added on a few moments later with a layup with 5:30 to go, putting the Yellow Jackets ahead 52-47. R-MC allowed just two more Roanoke buckets for the rest of the game, while meanwhile working well at the charity stripe when given the opportunity en route to the 61-52 final.
Inside the Numbers
- Ross led the Yellow Jackets with 17 points. She also pulled in four rebounds and made six steals. The six steals marks a career-high tying effort.
- Wisner was also in double digits with 11 points. She made seven rebounds and three assists also.
- Woods and freshman Aimee DeBell (Studley, Va. / Saint Gertrude) led the Yellow Jackets on the boards with eight rebounds each. Woods also scored nine points, while DeBell added eight and made two blocks as well.
- Knobloch led the team in assists with four. She pulled in five rebounds and added three points as well.
- Senior Jayla Wade (Newport News, Va. / Heritage) tallied four points and threw in two assists while Arrington finished with five points and four rebounds. Freshman Kylee Maiolo (Midlothian, Va. / Powhatan) tallied a pair of critical free throws in close second quarter as well.
- Roanoke made 21 turnovers while R-MC made just 14 in the game. R-MC scored 22 points off turnovers in the game.
Randolph-Macon will have a rematch with Virginia Wesleyan in Ashland at Crenshaw Gym on Tuesday at 7:00 PM.