The Roanoke College Women’s Basketball team has dropped four straight games after starting the season 2-0 to quickly pick up Coach Dunangan’s 600th career win. Since their last win, the Maroons have lost to Ferrum, Randolph-Macon, Christopher Newport, and Washington and Lee.
In their most recent game against Washington and Lee on 11/26, the Roanoke College Women’s Basketball team jumped to an early lead against the Generals. Laurel Hankins gave the Maroons the first points of the game with a good three pointer just twenty seconds into the game, and this was a lead that they were able to hold through the first ten minutes, allowing the Generals to only tie the game twice. With 10:32 remaining in the first half, the Generals picked up their first lead of the game off of a two pointer by Katie Wildes. The Generals were able to fend of the Maroons and hold onto this lead until Anna Carter tied it up with 3:12 left with a two pointer. Another free throw by Anna Carter gave the Maroons a lead they were unable to hold onto as the Generals used the last two minutes to give themselves a small three point lead going into the second half.
The Maroons came out of the locker room determined to take the game back and tied it up at the 19:15 mark when Tatum McKee sank a good three pointer. However the Generals refused to allow the Maroons to take back the game as they went on a 13-2 streak through the first five minutes. The Maroons continued to battle to keep the game within thirteen points until, with 10:37 remaining, Tatum McKee made a layup to spark an 11-0 run for the Maroons. With 7:07 showing on the clock the Generals quickly stole any momentum that Roanoke had by sinking two quick three pointers and a jumper for two. The Maroons were determined to battle back from the ten point deficit, but Washington and Lee was even more determined to fend them off as they only allowed Roanoke to get within four points of tying the game with two seconds remaining. The final score was 67-63 in favor of Washington and Lee.
Paxton Gwin and Tatum McKee led the team with twelve points each followed by Kelsey Smith who contributed with ten of her own. The loss leaves the women with a 2-4 record and 0-2 record in conference play. The Maroons look to end their slump this Saturday, 12/7, when they host the Marlins of Virginia Wesleyan at 3:00PM. Virginia Wesleyan arrives with a 5-2 record and 2-0 record in conference play. Join the Maroons at the C. Homer Bast gym as they look to end their four game losing skid.