LYNCHBURG, Va. - The Royals dropped their first conference matchup of the season on Wednesday at Randolph.
Despite a strong fourth quarter of play, EMU ultimately fell to the WildCats by a margin of 59-43.
- Both teams struggled to get the ball in the net through the first few minutes of play until Mya Hamlet found herself at the line, sinking one of three. At the 6:59 mark, Constance Komara sank a jumper inside the arc to give the Royals a 3-0 advantage.
- The score was pushed to 7-5 in favor of Randolph and would remain there until the end of the first period, with both teams showing tough defense.
- After a three from the WildCats to kick off the scoring in the second period, Brii Redfearn sank a jumper and a quick layup to put the Royals within one.
- A back-and-forth affair between the two teams consisted through the remainder of the period, pushing the score to 24-18 in favor of Randolph heading into the half.
- Komara sank a jump shot 13 seconds into the second half to put the Royals within four, but Randolph quickly pushed a 6-0 run to take back momentum.
- Down by 13 going into the fourth period, Zebe Rhodes took matters into her own hands to give EMU some momentum. Sinking a driving layup under pressure, Rhodes took the shooting foul and drained the awarded shot from the line. A fast layup from Laila Gymph put the Royals within eight and gave some momentum.
- Randolph held consistent offensive and defensive pressure for the remainder of the contest, taking the game by its final tally.
The Royals hit the road again this weekend, traveling to Wilson College to head back into non-conference play on Saturday, Nov. 20 with a tipoff set for 4:00pm.