LYNCHBURG, Va. - A big second quarter proved to the difference Tuesday night as Randolph College defeated the Bridgewater College Eagles, 78-65, in the opening round of the ODAC women's basketball tournament.
The first quarter was tight throughout. A layup by Kaitlyn Lehan gave the Eagles their biggest lead at 13-6, but the WildCats rallied with an 8-2 spurt to the the score at 15-15. Taylor Samuels hit two foul shots to put the hosts ahead, but Jessica Lam scored inside to pull the Eagles even, 17-17, at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter was a different story as Randolph controlled play. The WildCats outscored the Eagles 27-9 to take a 44-26 lead at the break. The hosts were hot from the field, making exactly 50 percent of their 38 shots. The Eagles meanwhile connected on just 30 percent from the floor in the opening half.
The shooting difference was even more pronounced in the second quarter when the WildCats made 60 percent of their shots while the Eagles went ice-cold, making 2-of-15 shots.
Randolph came out of the locker room and scored four quick points to push its advantage past the 20-point mark. At the end of the third quarter the lead was 20 points.
The Eagles made a run at the WildCats early in the final quarter and cut the lead to 12. Two buckets by Lam and two free throws by Lam cut the margin to 12 points, 65-53. Lehan then worked the paint and her bucket made it a 10-point game, 65-55 with four minutes remaining.
The WildCats pushed the back to 14 points, but the Eagles continued to battle and a 17-footer by Lam and a layup by Jasmine Pinder cut the lead to nine with 40 seconds left.
The Eagles comeback effort ran out of time, however, and the WildCats finished off the final 78-65 victory.
Lam finished off her stellar career with a game-high 19 points. Lehan added 18 points and Carey finished with 15.
Four WildCats reached double figures with Korin Harris and Kalyn Banks leading the way with 15 points each. Randolph is now 13-13 and advances to the ODAC quarterfinals.
The Eagles finish the 2016-17 season with a 14-12 record.