SALEM, Va. - Junior Michal Ross (Glen Allen, Va./Glen Allen) pulled down 10 rebounds, one away from her career high, and matched her career best with six steals, as the No. 4 Randolph-Macon women's basketball team dropped a 58-41 decision to eighth-seeded Shenandoah on Saturday evening in the semifinals of the ODAC Tournament.
Score: #8 Shenandoah 58, #4 Randolph-Macon 41
Location/Venue: Salem, Va./Salem Civic Center
Records: R-MC 18-9, SU 15-13
How It Happened
- Senior Kelsey Wisner (York, Pa./Central York) made a layup to start the scoring, but that would be the only field goal in the first quarter for the Yellow Jackets. Sophomore Becca Arrington (Amelia, Va./Amelia Academy) had one free throw and Wisner hit two as R-MC trailed 11-5 after one period.
- The Hornets scored the first seven points of the second quarter before a layup by Ross made it 18-7 with 5:50 remaining. SU led 22-8 before Arrington and senior Jayla Wade (Newport News, Va./Heritage) both hit a pair of free throws to make it 22-12 with 1:35 left. Wade answered a bucket by SU with a basket of her own and R-MC trailed 24-14 at intermission. Wisner and Wade both had four points in the first half.
- SU had the first five points of the third quarter before a layup by Arrington made it 29-16 with 6:10 left in the period. Steals and layups by junior Charlotte Woods (Richmond, Va./Trinity) and Ross pulled R-MC within nine at 33-24 with 55 seconds left. The Hornets had the final three points of the period and took a 36-24 lead after three.
- The Hornets scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter to go up 44-24 before a bucket in the paint by freshman Aimee DeBell (Studley, Va./Saint Gertrude) stopped the run. Woods had a pair of buckets in the final three minutes as SU claimed the 58-41 win.
By The Numbers
- R-MC had Woods, Arrington and Wisner each score nine points.
- Woods also grabbed nine rebounds for the Yellow Jackets.
- The R-MC defense forced 27 SU turnovers and the Yellow Jackets had 16 steals. Along with the six steals by Ross, Woods and Arrington had three steals each. R-MC scored 29 points off turnovers.
- The ODAC will have a No. 8 seed in the women's basketball championship game for the first time in conference history. SU was the first No. 8 seed to knock off No. 1 in the quarterfinals.