By Tyler Hofmann-Reardon
Over winter break, the women’s basketball team traveled to Daytona Beach, Florida for the Daytona Beach Shootout before returning home to conclude their five game winter break series. The Maroons’ first game in Daytona pitted them against a juggernaut Marymount squad. In what proved to be one of Roanoke’s toughest games of the season, Marymount handed them a 56-32 loss. Marymount tallied 16 steals throughout the game which largely contributed to Roanoke’s downfall. Markia Beckwith led the Maroons in scoring, notching 11 points on an impressive 4-5 shooting. Hoping to put the loss behind them, the Maroons then turned towards SUNY-Oneonta for their final game of the Daytona Beach Shootout. Unfortunately, their second game was all too similar to the first as the Maroons fell 56-39. Shooting struggles plagued the Maroons in this game, highlighted with a 6-24 performance from the field in the first half. On a positive note, Cary Beahm managed to score 11 points on a solid 4-8 from the field.
After a disappointing tournament showing, the Maroons returned home and, looking for a win in front of the home crowd, prepared to face Goucher College. The Maroons stuck with the Gophers for all 40 minutes of play, but were unable to secure their first win of the new year as they lost 50-47 on an and-one layup with 11 seconds to go. In the end, it was turnovers that cost the Maroons, with Goucher having 22 takeaways to Roanoke’s 12. However, the Maroons played stellar backcourt defense and held the Gophers scoreless from behind the arc. Two Maroons also scored in double figures with Cary Beahm notching 18 points and Meghan Gadell scoring 13.
The Maroons’ final two games of their winter break series featured two ODAC contests against Washington and Lee and Randolph-Macon. Looking to win when it counts, Roanoke started out hot thanks to stellar play by Beahm and led against W&L early in the game.
However, the Generals pulled away in the second half and handed the Maroons their second ODAC loss 63-49. Turnovers once again hurt the Maroons with the team accumulating 21 during the game. The Maroons were led by Beahm who tallied 20 points for the third time this season, and her 20 point outing bumped her points per game up to 15.3, good for 6th in the ODAC. Shifting their focus to Randolph-Macon, they looked to close their winter series with a win. Unfortunately, it was not to be. The Maroons lost again at home at the hands of Randolph-Macon 75-61. Cary Beahm led the Maroons with 16 points and was matched by Markia Beckwith who tallied 16 as well. Anna Carter notched a double-double in the contest, finishing with 12 points and a career high 10 rebounds.
Although the Maroons turned in a disappointing winter campaign, finishing 0-5 and dropping their record to 4-8 (1-3 in ODAC play), they will look to turn things around and begin a winning streak in their next home game against Hollins University on the 21st.