Women's Basketball Moves to 2-0 for the First Time Since 1996-97

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Randolph won its second game in less than 24 hours on its home floor, moving to 2-0 for the first time in almost two decades.

Coming off its third highest point total in program history, Randolph defeated an Averett (0-1) team in its opener, 73-63.

While the Cougars scored the first basket of the game, the 2-0 lead lasted all of 18 seconds before first-year Jacqueline Hockman (Manasses, Va./Osbourn) tied it up, marking the last time the home team would trail.

Randolph slowly grew its lead to as much as 14 in the first half, a margin the team took into intermission.

The entire second half was played within a seven point window, with the WildCats never growing their lead above 16, while never letting the Cougars closer than nine.

Randolph earned much of its advantage in the paint, doubling up the visitors, 36-18, in points in the key.

Leading the charge inside were junior forwards Jensen Hoover (Woodstock, Va./Central) and Allie Druffel (Centreville. Va./Westfield) with 15 and 12, respectively.

Hoover shot 7-for-8 for the second consecutive night, putting her at a blistering 87.5% field goal percentage so far.

The WildCat bigs also pulled down 56 rebounds, led by 10 from first-year Korin Harris (Brandywine, Md./Elizabeth Seton) and eight from Druffel.

Not to be overlooked is the contribution from sophomore guard Abigail Bullins (Asheboro, N.C./Asheboro), who lead all scorers with 17 after hitting on 3-of-5 threes.

"It was a really great opening weekend for our team," head coach Allison Nichols said. "Obviously to win back-to-back is big. Hopefully winning like this at home sets the tone for our team for the rest of the year."

A good start is crucial for the WildCats, as they welcome ODAC foe Washington & Lee next, on Wednesday.

"Getting two wins going into a huge conference game against W&L is good for our momentum," Nichols continued. "Now we need two good days of practice to prepare for a big conference matchup."