ASHLAND, Va. – Randolph-Macon Women's Basketball overcame a seven-point deficit coming out of halftime, earning the lead with about five minutes to go in the third quarter. But the Mary Washington Eagles responded nearly immediately and never relinquished the lead from then on as the Eagles handed R-MC a loss in Ashland on Thursday night.
Score: Mary Washington 55, Randolph-Macon 50
Location/Venue: Ashland, Va./Crenshaw Gym
Records: Mary Washington (6-1), Randolph-Macon (2-5)
How It Happened
- Mary Washington opened with the first five points of the game, but senior Kelly Williams (Garysburg, N.C. / Halifax Academy) broke the short run with a three-pointer, the fourth conversion from beyond-the-arc for the senior center in her entire career. R-MC brought the game within one with 2:45 to go as senior Charlotte Woods (Richmond, Va. / Trinity) made a layup. But Mary Washington would add a pair of baskets and earn a 14-7 advantage heading into the second quarter.
- Both offenses struggled to get anything going in the first moments of the next period, a testament to the strength of both defenses. UMW broke the scoreless streak around the 7:00 mark with a three-pointer. The Yellow Jackets and the Eagles both kickstarted their offenses coming out of the media timeout for the final four minutes. For R-MC, it came via Woods sinking a bucket, which was followed by senior Michal Ross (Glen Allen, Va. / Glen Allen) converting on a pair of free throws to cut the UMW lead to just five. R-MC used chances at the charity stripe to keep it close down the stretch, making five of six at the line to close the gap to just four heading into halftime.
- After the Eagles opened the second half with a bucket, R-MC pushed ahead for seven of the next nine and forced some empty UMW possessions. That took the game within one, though UMW maintained the lead. After a big block by sophomore Aimee DeBell (Studley, Va. / Saint Gertrude), R-MC earned its first lead of the game on a layup by Williams with about 5:00 to go in the period. UMW quickly came back with seven straight points to regain the lead though and the Eagles found themselves with a nine-point advantage heading into the final quarter.
- R-MC opened the fourth with seven straight points, while the Yellow Jacket defense kept UMW off the scoreboard for four-and-a-half minutes. UMW did add a bucket close to the media timeout to ensure that its lead prevailed. Out of the timeout, UMW extended the lead to seven. The Yellow Jackets were able to get on a 5-0 run around the 3:00 mark as Williams hit a layup and Ross was fouled on the next defensive possession. With R-MC in the bonus, Ross made two free throws and then scored again following an UMW turnover. That endangered the Mary Washington lead, putting the Yellow Jackets within one with about two minutes to go. But the Eagles sunk a three-pointer, which helped seal the game, as UMW also converted its free throws down the stretch and finalized the score at 55-50.
Inside The Numbers
- Williams earned a double-double, grabbing 14 points and 12 rebounds.
- Woods collected eight points and ten rebounds.
- Ross scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds. She added a steal and two blocks. DeBell also added two blocks in the game.
- Junior Becca Arrington (Amelia, Va./Amelia) finished with 11 points, including a pair of three-pointers.
- Junior Elise Knobloch (Glenville, Pa. / Delone Catholic) led the team with three assists.
- R-MC had a tough time shooting from the field and could not overcome shooting 24% from the field compared to UMW's 40%.
R-MC faces Christopher Newport in Newport News on Saturday at 2:00 PM. The Yellow Jackets will then have some time off before returning to the court in Ashland against Lynchburg in the New Year. That game will be on Thursday, January 2 at 7:00 PM.
Omission From Last Game
On Tuesday against Eastern Mennonite, Ross attained a new career-high. The senior dished out six assists, which led the team against the Royals and set her own new season-and-career high water mark.