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Women’s Basketball’s Tourney Run Ends To Oglethorpe

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Photo by David Rearic

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Randolph-Macon Women's Basketball's tournament run has come to a close after a Saturday evening loss to #8 Oglethorpe. Senior Kelly Williams (Garysburg, N.C./Halifax Academy) closed the final game of her career with 29 points and 15 rebounds, while senior Michal Ross (Glen Allen, Va./Glen Allen) finished her career with exactly 1,000 points.

The Basics

Score: #8 Oglethorpe 71, Randolph-Macon 63

Location/Venue: Lexington, Kentucky/Clive Beck Center (Transylvania University)

Records: Randolph-Macon (19-10), Oglethorpe (29-1)

How It Happened 

  • The Yellow Jackets took multiple early leads, but they all were of the small variety and about halfway through the first period, R-MC lost its advantage to Oglethorpe as the Stormy Petrels got ahead by three around the 4:07 mark. Oglethorpe extended its lead to five by the end of the frame.
  • Lexington native Peyton Humphreys (Lexington, Ky. / Paul Laurence Dunbar) got the only points of the first three-and-a-half minutes for the Yellow Jackets in the second quarter as R-MC struggled from the floor, while Oglethorpe extended its lead to 27-18. Williams scored nine-straight for R-MC leading up to the 1:30 mark of the period. At the same time, R-MC limited Oglethorpe to just two points in the same stretch. R-MC closed the gap to six at the halftime break.
  • Out of halftime, Oglethorpe extended its lead to ten which held for much of the frame. Around the 2:00-to-play mark, junior Becca Arrington (Amelia, Va. / Amelia Academy) made a three-pointer, which sparked a 12-2 run for R-MC to end the period, setting up a three-point deficit for the Yellow Jackets in the final period.
  • R-MC cut it to one immediately entering the final frame. Williams made a layup, though it was answered right away by Oglethorpe. The Stormy Petrels used a 10-0 run through the middle of the frame to get the lead back out to 12 and Randolph-Macon was not ever able to get closer than ten until the final bucket by Ross with just seconds remaining, settling the final at 71-63.

Inside The Numbers 

  • Williams finished her season with 22 double-doubles and finishes with 83 double-doubles on her career, including tonight's final tally. 
  • Ross tallied four points, getting her to 399 points for the season and an even 1,000 points for her career. She made three steals and an assist as well.
  • Arrington finished with six points and two steals as well as two assists. She grabbed three rebounds as well.
  • Sophomore Cheridan Hatfield (Fishersville, Va. / Wilson Memorial) led the team with four assists. She also collected two steals and three rebounds. 
  • Sophomore Aimee DeBell (Studley, Va. / Saint Gertrude) had 11 points and seven rebounds in 25 terrific minutes off the bench. She also made two steals and two blocks.

Finishing the Season 

The Yellow Jackets finish the season 19-10 overall and winners of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship. R-MC is now 14-12 overall in NCAA Tournament games.