Since starting 0-4, the Women’s Basketball team picked up their first two wins of the season and looked to turn their year around.
The first win for the Maroons came over Thanksgiving break against ODAC rival Virginia Wesleyan. The Maroons actually fell down into a 20-9 hole early in the game, but slowly worked their way back, chipping away at the lead and stifling Virginia Wesleyan’s offense, until they tied the game, 22-22, in the second quarter. However, as soon as they tied the game, the Maroons allowed a 14-2 run, again forcing the team to battle from behind. Despite the obvious blow, Roanoke continued to fight back, eventually closing the gap 38-31 at the half. The Maroons used their momentum to fire off a 20-9 run throughout the entire third quarter. Despite their apparent advantage, the Maroons still found themselves in a tie game, 67-67, with two minutes left in the game. However, thanks to daggers from Jamella Foster and Cary Beahm, the Maroons took the lead, this time for good. Kelsey Smith and Morgan Hufford then secured the 74-69 victory with clutch free-throws in the closing second of the game.
In typical fashion, Cary Beahm led the Maroons with a game high 20 points on 9-12 shooting. She also pitched in with three steals and two assists, marking her presence on both sides of the court. She was followed by Kelsey Smith who recorded an incredible game, scoring 16 off the bench and providing a much needed Spark for the Maroons. Bridget Holleran and Jamella Foster rounded off the double-digit scorers for the Maroons, chipping 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Looking to build on the momentum from their first win, the Maroons traveled to Randolph-Macon to take on the Yellow Jackets in their second ODAC match of the season. Unfortunately, with a final score of 78-57, Randolph-Macon handed the Maroons their fifth loss of the season and their first in the ODAC.
Despite the season high 27 points, on 11-15 shooting, from Cary Beahm, the Maroons were unable to generate offense. The team shot a dismal 38% from the floor and recorded 21 turnovers, faltering on nearly every offensive possession.
After the tough defeat, the Maroons turned their attention to Ferrum, a non-conference foe. Roanoke started the game slow, falling behind 11-7 in a low-scoring first period. However, the Maroons came out hot in the second half, knocked down a ton of shots, and outscored Ferrum 23-11 in the period to hold a 30-22 lead at the half. Roanoke continued its momentum into the second half and secured a 14 point lead in the third. However, Ferrum gradually began to close the gap and eventually erased the Maroons’ 12 point fourth quarter lead, bringing the game within four. However, Anna Carter and Kelsey Smith iced the game with a bucket and two free-throws to widen the gap. After a few meaningless points, the final horn sounded and the Maroons found themselves on top, earning a 67-61 victory.
Continuing her strong play, Beahm again led the Maroons on offense with 16 points. She was complimented by Kelsey Smith who also scored 16 on the day. Anna Carter joined her teammates in double figures with 13 and recorded a team-high four steals on the defensive end. Four Maroons, Carter, Hufford, Holleran, and Smith led the team with three assists apiece, showing the Maroons impressive distribution of offense.
Despite their tough start to the season, the Maroons finally secured their first two wins, and in impressive fashion. Currently, the team sits at 2-5 overall but with a respectable 1-1 ODAC record. Hopefully, their strong play is an indication of a new start to the season and continued successes the team progresses in the ODAC. The Maroons’ next game comes against Mary Baldwin today at 7:00pm at home. Be sure to come out and support the Maroons.