RADFORD, VA. – After trailing Radford by as many as 17 points late in the second quarter, the Presbyterian College women’s basketball team got back to within five but ran out of time as the Highlanders held on for the 60-50 win Saturday at the Dedmon Center. The Blue Hose fall to 10-15 on the season and 8-6 in conference play. The Highlanders improve to 19-6, 11-3 to remain tied with Campbell at the top of the Big South standings.
Players of the Game
Cortney Storey led the Blue Hose in the loss, finishing with 19 points, three rebounds, an assist, and four steals. The junior guard shot 6-of-9 from the field and a perfect 7-for-7 from the free-throw line.
Radford was paced by Destinee Walker’s 20 points. The sophomore guard/forward went 6-of-12 from the floor, including 2-for-4 from beyond the arc, and 6-of-8 from the charity stripe. Walker pulled down four boards and added two assists and a steal. Janayla White also recorded a 12-point, 13-rebound double-double. The junior forward shot 5-of-10 from the field and converted 2-of-4 shots from the line. She added three assists to her total.
Stat of the Game
Radford outscored PC 20-5 in the second quarter and held its highest lead of the game 33-16 with 1:23 left before halftime. The Blue Hose shot just 2-for-15 (13.3 percent) from the floor and 1-for-6 (16.7 percent) from beyond the arc in the second 10 minutes of action.
How It Happened
Radford opened the scoring with a White free-throw, followed by a Destinee Walker 15-foot jumper. Aianna Kelly earned a trip to the free-throw line and converted both of her free shots to cut the lead to 3-2 at the 6:46 mark. The teams traded scores as Walker scored another pull-up jumper and Janie Miles got a layup to fall. Kaycie Reffner then connected from beyond the arc to give PC its first lead 7-5 with 4:54 to play in the first quarter. Out of the media timeout, Allie Wagner and Sydney Nunley traded layups. Ericka Blackwell-Boyden checked into the game and made an immediate impact with a bucket. PC then sent Khiana Johnson to the line and she made both of her shots to cut the Blue Hose lead to 11-9 at the 1:28 mark. Both teams committed several turnovers over the final minute before the Highlanders took back the lead 12-11 as Walker knocked down a three-pointer to beat the buzzer and close out the opening quarter.
In the second quarter, Jayda Worthy and Kelly traded layups early. White’s layup at the 8:28 mark pushed the Radford lead to 16-13. White got to the charity stripe, shooting 1-for-2, but Wagner got a long-range shot to drop from the left corner to get PC to within 17-16 with 7:03 on the clock. Claudio Quevedo answered in kind though with a three-ball from the top of the key. The trifecta ignited a 16-0 run as the Highlanders took a 33-16 lead into the locker rooms.
The Blue Hose shot 6-of-25 (24.0 percent) from the field, 2-for-10 (20.0 percent) from beyond the arc, and 2-for-2 (100.0 percent) from the free-throw line in the first 20 minutes of action. Radford outscored PC 21-5 in the second quarter and held the advantage in rebounding (24-9), points off turnovers (9-4), points in the paint (16-8), and second-chance points (9-0).
Miles started off the second half with a three-pointer from the right side. Storey followed with a 2-for-2 effort from the line, Kelly scored a wide-open layup, and Rebecca Walker hit a 15-foot jumper as PC scored nine unanswered. Miles converted a pair of free-throws out of the media timeout. Destinee Walker and Kacie Hall traded deep balls to make it 36-30 at the 5:32 mark. Nunley earned three points the old-fashioned way before Storey scored a mid-range jumper. The junior guard then made the most of a trip to the line with a pair of free ones to get PC to within 39-34 with 1:41 left in the third quarter. After Radford got a layup and a pair of free-throws, Storey went to the line again. She made both of her shots and beat the buzzer with a layup to close out the quarter. Radford held a 43-38 lead heading into the final 10 minutes of play.
The Highlanders pushed their lead back to double digits early in the fourth quarter with six unanswered, but Kelly and Storey scored a pair of old-fashioned three-point plays. Radford scored five straight out of the final media timeout to go up 54-44 with 3:43 on the clock. Storey got a layup to fall, but Radford got another basket and Jen Falconer made her charity attempt. Storey scored again, but Worthy went to the line and made her shot as the Highlanders were in control 58-48 at the 1:51 mark. Destinee Walker went 2-for-2 from the line and Storey scored a jumper as Radford held on for the 60-50 win.
- Following Storey in scoring was Kelly with nine points and Miles with seven points. Kelly shot 3-of-7 from the field and made all three of her free-throw attempts. The senior guard pulled down two boards with an assist and a pair of steals. Miles went 2-for-10 on the afternoon, including 1-for-5 from long range, and converted both of her charity shots. The junior guard added four rebounds, an assist, and two steals.
- Despite just scoring five points in the second quarter, the Blue Hose opened the second half on an 11-0 run to get back into the game.
- PC made just four three-pointers in the game, just one more than the team’s season low of three against Belmont on December 22.
- The Blue Hose shot 17-of-50 (34.0 percent) from the field, 4-of-18 (22.2 percent) from beyond the arc, and 12-for-12 (100.0 percent) from the free-throw line.
- PC committed fewer turnovers (15-17) and held the advantage in fast-break points (5-2) and bench productivity (10-8). The game featured no ties and two lead changes.
PC continues its road swing as the Blue Hose head to Buies Creek, N.C. next Tuesday, February 21 to square off with Campbell in a 7 p.m. ET contest in Gore Arena.