STAUNTON, Va. – The Mary Baldwin University women's basketball team fell to Roanoke, 82-57, in nonconference action in the PAC on Saturday afternoon.
The Fighting Squirrels sit at 3-2 on the season, while the Maroons pull to 3-1 on the young season.
Jalen Gathers was the leading scorer for MBU with 11 points and also pulled down five rebounds. Kenda Robinson finished with nine points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field, three rebounds an assist, a block and a steal in 17 minutes off the bench.
The Fighting Squirrels got the first points of the game on a pair of free throws by Gathers before the Maroons mounted a 15-4 run over the next six minutes capped by a jumper from Kayla Kinsler. The two sides alternated baskets before Anders made two of three free throws with no time left on the clock as RC held a 23-11 lead after one period of play.
Back-to-back layups from Kinsler to start the second quarter put the Maroons up 16 before eventually stretching out their lead to 21 (44-23) with just over a minute left in the half. A three from Morgan Micallef and a layup from Robinson ended the half with RC on top 47-25.
In the second half, Mary Baldwin scored the first three baskets in the quarter and cut the lead down to 15 (47-32) to force a timeout from Roanoke with 7:29 left in the period. A pair of jumpers for Micallef and a free throw edged the Maroons back in front my 20 (52-32) before starting to pull away again after a three from Sayre Brandstatter to push the lead to 62-35. Alternating baskets and a three-point play by Kristina Harrel gave RC a 68-38 advantage at the end of the third quarter.
The Fighting Squirrels outscored the Maroons in the fourth quarter, 19-14, with Harrel registering 12 of the 14 points for the visitors. A balanced scoring attack from MBU had seven players register points in the quarter with Heilig recording five points in the period.
As a team, Mary Baldwin shot 29.1 percent (16-55) from the floor and just 15.0 percent (3-20) from beyond the arc. The Fighting Squirrels converted on just 53.7 percent of their free throws (22-41), including only 50.0 percent in the second half. Meanwhile, Roanoke shot 41.9 percent from the field (31-74) and dropped seven threes in the win. The Maroons also outrebounded the home side by a 59-36 margin.
The Fighting Squirrels return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 26, as they travel to face Bridgewater at 6 pm in their final contest before Thanksgiving break.