RADFORD, Va. – The top-seeded Radford women’s basketball team escaped, 60-49, over ninth seed Presbyterian College in a hard-fought game on Thursday night at the Dedmon Center.
The Highlanders went 38-50 (.760) from the free throw line and were led by Lydia River’s 25 points and 14 rebounds. Tess Santos led the Blue Hose with 13 points, followed closely by Trinity Johnson with 12 points.
After an early run saw Radford leading 7-0, Salina Virola answered with a three and a layup to cut the lead to 7-5 at 6:02. Kiara Jackson sank a pair of huge layups in the final minutes to tie the game at 9-9 after ten minutes.
PC took its first lead of the game, 12-10, with a three-point play from Ericka Blackwell-Boyden at 8:53. Radford then regained the lead, 16-14, with a three from Destinee Walker at 4:19. However, Santos regained the lead for PC, 21-18, with a three at 2:33.
Radford used a 10-2 run that stretched from the second to third quarter to take a 28-23 lead, 7:04 on the clock. The Blue Hose answered with a 5-0 run to tie the game at 28-28, 5:55, after a layup from Blackwell-Boyden and three from Santos. Another three-pointer from Santos gave PC a 33-32 lead at 3:05, but the story of the third quarter was Radford going 11-12 (.917) from the free-throw line. Rivers scored 12 points, and the Highlanders led 38-35 with a quarter to play.
PC kept the game within two possessions for much of the fourth quarter. Shamani Stafford hit a three with 4:15 remaining to cut the lead to five, 47-42, Santos hit a jumper at 2:09 to make it 49-44, and a pair of free throws from Johnson made it 51-46 with just over a minute to play. However, Radford was able to maintain its lead and pull away late by converting 18-20 (.900) free throws to win.
Presbyterian College ends its season at 7-24, while Radford improves to 24-6.
Radford was 9-18 (.500) from the free throw line in the first half, but ended the game 38-50 (.760). PC converted a perfect 7-7 (1.000) of its attempts. Neither team shot well from the floor, with PC shooting 28.6 percent and holding a Radford to a season low 22.7.