Radford, Va. – The Presbyterian College women's basketball team rallied to cut the lead to single digits late in the fourth quarter, but Radford was able to hang on for a 59-49 win on Tuesday night at the Dedmon Center. Salina Virola and Kacie Hall continued to lead the team in scoring with 11 and 10 points respectively.
How It Happened
After a slow start by both teams in the first quarter, Radford’s Lydia Rivers scored nine consecutive points in the second to help build a 19-5 lead for the home team with 7:14 left in the half.
Tess Santos hit a three at 6:27 to spark a PC run that cut the lead to just eight, 25-17, at halftime. Over the 12-6 run, Kacie Hall contributed four points, Trinity Johnson three and Kiara Jackson two.
Radford opened the second half on a 12-2 run to see its largest lead of the night, 18 points, after a layup from Rivers that made the score 37-19 with 6:02 left in the quarter.
Again it was a Santos three that sparked the PC offense. The Blue Hose ended the quarter going toe-to-toe with the league-leaders, but still trailing 48-33 with 10 minutes to go. Over the 14-11 run, Johnson had five points, Hall had four, Santos three and Bria Gibbs two.
Layups from Ericka Blackwell-Boyden, Hall and Virola were punctuated by a three-pointer from Shamani Stafford to cap a 9-0 fourth quarter run that cut the lead to single digits, 54-46, with 1:20 left in the game.
Stafford added another three with 22 seconds remaining, but Radford continued to sink their free throws at the end and held on for the 59-49 win.
For the Record
Presbyterian College falls to 4-13 (2-4 Big South) on the year, while Radford moves to 12-6 (6-1 Big South).
Kacie Hall scored 10 points to stretch her streak of games in double figures to 13. The points also moved her to 733 career points and past Shonda Burnside (2009-13) for 8th place in PC’s Division I era.
Tess Santos tied her career-best with eight rebounds.
The Highlanders’ Lydia Rivers and Destinee Walker both recorded double-doubles with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Presbyterian College will travel to Winthrop on Saturday, January 26, for a 2 pm game.