Randolph-Macon rolls Bridgewater St.
Yellow Jackets set tone with 15-0 game-opening run
ANNVILLE, Pa. -- Led by Taylor Wieczorek's 27 points and 15 rebounds, Randolph-Macon defeated Bridgewater State 80-69 in the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament first round on Friday night. The Yellow Jackets will now face Lebanon Valley on Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m.
Wieczorek led all players in scoring and rebounds, including six on the offensive end. Molly Brown finished with 14 points and seven boards while Maggie Roy dropped in 10 points.
The Yellow Jackets shot 47.8 percent on 32 of 67 shooting from the floor and 12 for 14 from the free throw line while holding Bridgewater State to 38 percent shooting. R-MC also held a 44-39 edge on the glass.
Shelly DePina and Corey Cuddihy paced the BSU attack with 12 points each, DePina also pulled in six rebounds.
Randolph-Macon opened the game with a 15-0 run, capped by a Jillian Asay two point jumper with 15:29 to go.
Brittney Chappron hit a 3 with 5:13 left in the first stanza to pull Bridgewater State within six at 27-21 but Brown knocked down a trifecta of her own on the next possession to put R-MC back up nine.
Following the Brown 3, BSU opened a 12-4 run, finished off with a DePina layup to pull within one.
Brown sunk a two-pointer just before halftime to send the Yellow Jackets into the locker room with a 36-33 edge.
Randolph-Macon held its advantage until the 14:38 mark when Megan Boutilette scored four consecutive points to put Bridgewater State up 45-44.
The two teams traded baskets and the lead for the next 11 minutes until Michaela Cosby converted a pair of free throws to tie the game for the sixth time at 66-66.
Katie Williams then hit a pair of free throws with 3:18 remaining that sparked a decisive 8-0 Jackets' run, finished off with four consecutive points from Wieczorek at the 1:19 mark.
Randolph-Macon hit 6 of 6 free throws in the last 54 seconds and held Bridgewater State to just three points in the final three minutes to take the 11-point win.