CLINTON, S.C. – Radford snapped a three-game winning streak for the Presbyterian College women’s basketball team, 64-53, Monday night at the Templeton Center.
The Blue Hose fell to 7-7, 3-2 in the Big South Conference, while the Highlanders went to 6-7, 2-2 on the season. Taylor Petty (Spartanburg, S.C.) led the Blue Hose with 18 points, while Aianna Kelly (Newport News, Va.) pulled down six rebounds and added six points. PC returns home and hosts conference favorite Liberty at the Templeton Center 2 p.m. Saturday.
The Highlanders did not miss a shot until the 3:55 mark of the first quarter, while the Blue Hose held a 12-10 lead. Rebecca Walker (Snellville, Ga.) knocked down a three-pointer before Cortney Storey (Fayetteville, Tenn.) converted a layup and gave PC a 10-5 lead, their largest lead of the game. Radford then went on a 7-2 run and tied the game at 12-12. Destinee Walker converted a three-pointer as the quarter expired and gave Radford a 19-17 lead at the end of the period. The Blue Hose held an 11-0 advantage on points off turnovers in the quarter.
The Blue Hose opened the second quarter on a 5-2 run and took a 20-19 lead at the 5:50 mark of the period. Radford took a two point lead on a made layup by Sydney Nunley with 1:14 left before halftime. Salina Virola (Huntsville, Ala.) sank a jumper and tied the game before Kelly got fouled on a rebound with 0.2 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Kelly converted both free throws and gave the Blue Hose a 27-25 lead at halftime. PC held the Highlanders to six points in the second period.
Radford opened the second half on an 8-2 run before Janie Miles (Clemson, S.C.) converted two free throws and kept the score at 34-31. Radford held the Blue Hose without a field goal until Petty connected on a three-pointer with 1:28 left in the third quarter and led 38-34. Aisha Fox sank a three-pointer as the buzzer went off and gave the Highlanders a 46-36 lead into the final quarter, their largest to that point.
The Highlanders opened the final quarter on a 4-0 run and extended the lead to 50-36, their largest of the contest. The Blue Hose responded with an 11-6 run and cut the lead to 56-47 with 1:51 left in the game. Petty converted a three-pointer with 51 seconds left and made the Radford lead 62-53, the closest the Blue Hose got.
PC held a 19-7 points off turnovers and a 25-10 bench points advantage, while the Highlanders had 10 blocked shots in the game.