Ashland, Va.-- The University of Mary Washington women's basketball team fell to Randolph-Macon, 82-65, on Tuesday evening. The loss drops the Eagles to 2-1 on the year.
Randoplh-Macon jumped out early, but a trio of layups by Sam Partonen, Brianne Comden and Claire Haeuptle gave the Eagles a slim 6-5 advantage. The Yellow Jackets and Eagles went basket for basket following the Partonen layup, with the Yellow Jackets leading 9-8. The duo of Comden and Aby Diop gave the Eagles a 12-9 lead, their largest of the night.
After Comden cut the lead to one, the Yellow Jackets went on a run, which they never lost. Increasing the lead to 27-20, Aubrey Howland hit a pair of free throws to cut into the lead. However the Yellow Jackets closed the opening half, leading 35-27.
After a pair of Macon free throws increased the lead to ten, Partonen tried to rally the troops. Sam hit a couple free throws, and nailed a three to cut the lead down to five, but it was not enough. The Yellow Jackets went on a run of their own, getting their lead back to seven.
From there, Randolph-Maconwould not look back, keeping their lead at no less than seven the rest of the way, and closed out the game winning 82-65.
UMW shot just 35% from the field (21-56) for the game. Partonen led all scorers with 20 points, adding five boards and four steals. Comden continued her impressive start, going 5-7 from the field for 11 points and four rebounds. Aubrey Howland went for nine points and eight rebounds.
The Eagles return to action next week on Tuesday, November 26th. UMW travels to Shenandoah, with the tipoff set for 6:00 p.m.