Clinton, S.C. – The Radford women’s basketball team needed a 11-0 run to start the fourth quarter to overtake Presbyterian College and escape with a 48-43 win at the Templeton Center on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Trinity Johnson scored a collegiate-best 24 points to lead the Blue Hose, while Sydney Nunley (15 pts, 11 rebounds) and Lydia Rivers (15 points, 10 rebounds) had double-doubles for the Highlanders.
Scoring the Game
Johnson scored 16 points in the first quarter and was 3-4 (.750) from behind the arc. The Blue Hose outscored the Highlanders 15-2 over the final 6:26 and held a 21-11 lead after ten minutes.
Radford started the second quarter on a 6-0 run with baskets from Nunley and Rivers to cut the lead to just four, 21-17, at 8:42. A three-pointer from Riley Hemm made it 24-17 with 6:29 to play, and PC outscored Radford 6-2 over the last 6:06 in what was a low scoring quarter to enter halftime up 27-19.
The third quarter was also low scoring, with Radford cutting the lead to six points on three occasions. The Highlanders had back-to-back layups from Walker and Nunley to cut the lead to 32-26 with 0:40. After a foul and technical foul sent the Blue Hose to the line for four free throws in the final seconds of the third, PC held a 34-26 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Radford took their first lead since 4:53 of the first quarter after scoring 11 unanswered in the fourth to give the visitors a 37-35 lead with 6:10 to play. Nunley and Rivers combined to score all 11 points on five layups and a free throw.
Salina Virola tied the game with a layup at 4:47, and PC regained the lead with a basket from Bria Gibbs at 4:15 that made it 39-37. Radford’s Destinee Walker hit their only three of the game at 4:00 to put the visitors ahead at 40-39, and the Highlanders pulled away for the 48-43 win.
For the Record
Presbyterian College finishes the regular season at 6-23 (4-14 Big South) while Radford improves to 23-6 (17-1 Big South).
Stats of the Game
Presbyterian College was 4-10 (.500) from three in the first half while Radford was 0-5 (.000). The Blue Hose ended 4-17 (.235) compared to 1-10 (.100) for the Highlanders.
Radford held a large 32-8 advantage in the paint, but PC won the rebounding battle, 40-37.
Radford shot 9-17 (.529) from the floor in the fourth quarter, compared to 2-14 (.143) for PC. The Highlanders reached 20-51 (.392) for the game, compared to a season-low 12-51 (.235) for the Blue Hose.
Salina Virola recorded three rebounds to surpass 500 in her career and reach a PC Division I best 237 on the year.
Trinity Johnson scored 16 first quarter points and a collegiate-best 24 in the game to finish in double-figures for the sixth time in the last seven games and lead PC in scoring for the sixth time.
This was Presbyterian College’s league-leading 13th loss by single digits, including 10 during Big South play.
Presbyterian College will be the No. 9 seed in the upcoming Big South Tournament on Tuesday, March 12, and head to No. 8 seed Winthrop for a 7 p.m. game that will be aired on ESPN3.