The Roanoke women’s basketball team rang in the New Year hosting the Susan Dunagan Holiday Inn Classic. The Maroons faced Swarthmore College and Wesleyan College, taking easy wins over both schools.
On the 2nd, Roanoke won by twenty points over Swarthmore College with a 78-58 victory. The Maroons started the scoring with a three-pointer by Kelsey Smith then held the lead for the entire game. The stellar offense, led by Cary Beahm, showed their prowess, never letting Swarthmore even tie the game.
Beahm led the team in scoring with 22 total points. She made 9-16 field goals and 4-5 free throws. Smith also put up impressive numbers with making 75% of field goal shots, and 2-3 three-pointers, putting up 14 points total.
The next day Roanoke faced Wesleyan College, where they dominated 73-46. Again, Smith scored first for the Maroons, and they led the entirety of the game. One minute into the second period Roanoke went up by double digits and never dropped below that. The largest lead the Maroons had during the match was an astounding thirty points, eventually winning by 27.
Beahm continued to show her strength on the court scoring almost 40% of the points for Roanoke. She made 75% of her field goal attempts and all four of her free throw attempts.
For her amazing performance in these two games, Beahm was named the Most Outstanding Player of the holiday classic. That week Beahm was also named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference’s Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.
On January 6th Roanoke hosted Shenandoah University where they had another impressive victory winning 71-46. In the first period of the game, Shenandoah was keeping pace with the Maroons. Roanoke took an early lead but Shenandoah was able to tie it up twice.
The second period proved problematic for Shenandoah. Seven different Maroons put up points in the second period, which lead to them going up by twenty-five points at the end of the period. Roanoke was able to maintain a comfortable lead in the second half, easily taking the game 71-46.
As usual, Beahm was the lead scorer for the Maroons totaling 22 points. She made 83% of field goal shots and both of her free throws. Ellen Wagner put up 11 points in the game off of six field goals, shooting at 50%.
The Maroons were on a five game win streak when they faced Washington and Lee on the 10th. Roanoke suffered a devastating 59-77 loss. Roanoke took the early lead but W&L quickly took over. At the end of the period Jamella Foster was able to tie up the score for the Maroons.
W&L set the tempo in the second period but the Maroons were never more than a few points behind. Roanoke took the lead a few times with points from Anna Carter and Bridget Holleran but the team wasn’t able to sustain a lead. Going into the half W&L led 37-30.
After halftime it was clear the Maroons couldn’t keep pace. Very quickly W&L went up by double digits and Roanoke was unable to catch back up. Beahm scored 18 points for the Maroons from 8-11 field goals and two free throws. Holleran was also a big factor scoring 14 points, including an impressive 2-2 three-pointers.
Coming off the loss the Maroons had a tight battle on the 13th against Emory & Henry. Roanoke was able to take the victory in overtime 62-54. In the opening minutes the teams seemed to be equally matched, trading baskets with neither maintaining a lead. Roanoke was able to maintain an advantage and ended the period up by nine points.
In the second period Emory & Henry started chipping away at the margin. While they never took the lead or tied, they were only trailing by two going into half. The Maroons still maintained a slight lead in the third period, but were never able to create a large cushion.
In the fourth period Emory & Henry came back. There were three lead changes and three ties in the fourth period. E&H were leading by two points with four seconds left in the game. Ellen Wagner sent the game into overtime by making two free throws after a foul.
The Maroons capitalized on their good luck and took the early lead in overtime. They maintained that lead for the entire period securing their 62-54 win. Beahm was the lead scorer, putting up 23 points during the game.
The exciting overtime win was followed by two hard losses to Virginia Wesleyan College and Guilford College.
In their game against Virginia Wesleyan, the Maroons lost 58-68. Roanoke started the scoring but VA Wesleyan quickly took the lead. By the end of the first period the Maroons were down by 13 points. VA Wesleyan maintained their lead through the second period but went into half only leading by 7.
The Maroons got close to tying the game at the beginning of the third period after a jumper by Smith and layups by Wagner and Carter, bringing them to within 1 point. But Roanoke proved unable to overtake VA Wesleyan.
Roanoke was led in scoring by Smith with 17 points coming from seven field goals and a three pointer.
Since being back from break, the Maroons have played three games. In their first game they fell 62-70 against Guilford. Roanoke came back from the loss on Monday when they faced Bridgewater in a game that was originally slated for Saturday. The Maroons won 78-68 in what was an impressive game for Beahm who put up 25 points and have 15 rebounds.
On Wednesday the Maroons faced Hollins University at home where they dominated 70-54. After this most recent victory, the Maroons are currently 9-8, 5-4 in ODAC.
Support the Maroons as they travel to Harrisonburg this Saturday to face Eastern Mennonite University.