College Women’s Basketball Final – Guilford 70, Roanoke 62

SALEM, Va. – Guilford College’s Anais Weatherly (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) notched her ninth double-double of the season as the Quakers claimed a Wednesday evening Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) victory over Roanoke College, 70-62.

Both teams traded runs to begin the game as Guilford (13-2, 7-1 ODAC) jumped to an early 7-0 lead in the contest’s first 3:45 and Roanoke countered with an 8-0 run leading past the halfway point of the first quarter. Roanoke’s lead jumped as large as five points with 1:17 left in the period, but the Quakers finished the period on a 6-0 run to reclaim the lead. The Maroons responded with a 6-0 run of their own in the first 2:30 of the second quarter, but the Quakers responded to keep the Maroons from achieving a lead larger than one possession for the rest of the period. A Heaven Walters (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount) jumper with 1:27 left in the period gave the Quakers the lead back momentarily and a Kayla Scott layup restored the lead with four seconds left.

Roanoke took a four-point lead 3:16 into the third quarter, but the Quakers narrowed the advantage to one possession within ten seconds as the lead see-sawed back and forth for the remainder of the period with the Quakers claiming a two-point at the end of the period on an Essence Abraham (Greensboro, N.C./Dudley) jumper with three seconds left. The Quakers started the first 3:08 of the fourth quarter on an 8-2 run to amass their first two-possession advantage since the early first period. The Quakers achieved their largest lead of the contest with 4:50 left in the contest, 11 points, after extending the run, 16-5. Guilford achieved an 11-point lead two more times in the quarter to seal the victory.

Weatherly totaled 23 points on nine-of-15 shooting while pulling down 11 rebounds and forcing seven steals. Lauren Ramsey (Lexington, N.C./North Davidson) finished with 17 points on seven-of-13 shooting while Walters was the remaining Guilford player in double-figure scoring with 11 points on four-of-five shooting.

Bridget Holleran led the Maroons with 17 points on six-of-12 shooting while pulling down six rebounds while Kelsey Smith added 14 points.

The Quakers shot 45.6 percent from the field while the Maroons shot 44.4 percent. Guilford held the edge in points off turnovers, 22-15, while holding a narrow edge in second-chance points, 8-7, as Guilford held a narrow rebounding advantage, 35-33.

Due to impending winter weather throughout the Carolinas and Virginia, the Quakers’ regularly-scheduled Saturday afternoon contest at Randolph-Macon College has been rescheduled for tomorrow night at 7 p.m.