RADFORD, Va. – Radford’s Janayla White converted a layup out of an out of bounds play with 1.4 seconds remaining as the Highlanders edged the Presbyterian College women’s basketball team, 42-40, Tuesday night at the Dedmon Center.
The Blue Hose went to 16-12, 12-7 in the Big South Conference, while Radford improved to 16-12, 12-7 on the season. PC ends the regular season on the road against Liberty on Saturday at 2 p.m. and will be shown on ESPN 3.
With the High Point loss to Campbell earlier in the night, the Blue Hose wrap up a first-round bye for the second time in Division I history and face Radford on March 11 in the Big South Conference Tournament.
Janie Miles (Clemson, S.C.) powered the PC offense with 13 points, two assists and added four rebounds, while Cortney Storey (Fayetteville, Tenn) led the Blue Hose with five rebounds, three steals and two assists.
White produced a double-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds and added three blocks, while Gabby Gilmore added six points and eight rebounds.
The Blue Hose opened the game on a 5-0 run before Radford battled back and made the game 5-4 with more than seven minutes left in the first. Miles knocked down a 3-pointer and put PC up 10-6. Radford closed the first period on a 10-2 run and held a 16-12 lead after the first quarter.
Radford opened the second quarter on a 6-2 run and extended its lead to 22-15. Salina Virola (Huntsville, Ala.) converted a layup and cut the Highlander lead to 22-17. Both teams were held scoreless for nearly three minutes before Gilmore knocked down a jumper. Radford closed the half on an 8-0 run and held a 30-17 lead into the locker room.
Aianna Kelly (Newport News, Va.) started the scoring for PC in the second half with a 3-pointer. The Blue Hose rode momentum and went on a 7-0 run and cut the Radford lead to 32-24. Rachael Ross ended the third with a made layup. The Blue Hose outscored Radford 7-4 in the third period.
The Blue Hose went on a 12-0 run in the fourth quarter when Storey made a free throw that put PC up 37-36 with three and a half minutes remaining, its first lead since the first quarter. Radford retook the lead, 40-37, with a 4-0 run. Taylor Petty (Spartanburg, S.C.) got fouled shooting a three, converted all three free throws and tied the game with four seconds remaining. The Highlanders had an out of bounds play under their basket that White collected and put in the layup.PC forced 23 turnovers in the game, the third time forcing 20 plus turnovers this season. The Blue Hose outscored Radford 23-12 in the second half.