Ashley Buckhannon joins 1000 point club

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AJ Neuharth-Keusch

aneuharthkeus@radford.edu

Radford University Women’s Basketball senior guard Ashley Buckhannon joined teammate senior guard Da’Naria Erwin Spencer in the 1,000-point club early this February.

She became the 20th player in RU school history to achieve the prestigious honor.

“It feels good. It’s a big accomplishment for me to have in my college career,” said Buckhannon.

Buckhannon is leading the team in scoring this season with 12.6 points per game. She’s also leading in assists (3.3) and made shots (98) and is second on the team in three pointers made with 42, behind sharpshooting sophomore guard Ayana Avery.

As a senior and the leading scorer on the team, much is expected from Buckhannon, on and off the court.

“I kind of had to fill that role (of a leader), and take on that role as the season went on,” Buckhannon said. “The coaches had to let me know that I was a leader before I even knew I was a leader, so I just took it on.”

With only thee games left in the regular season before the start of the Big South Conference Tournament on March 6, Buckhannon and the Highlanders have a lot to accomplish if they expect to go home with the title.

They currently sit in the middle of the Big South with an 8-7 conference record (13-11 overall).

BSC powerhouses Winthrop University (4-2) and Presbyterian College (5-3) are two of the three teams that stand in their way before the conclusion of the regular season.

However, Buckhannon has high hopes for the squad and is confident in their abilities.

She said she expects the team to, “get the rest of the (regular season) games, and then win the championship and move on to the next level.”

The Highs next step onto the court on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Winthrop. They return to the Dedmon Center for their final two games of the regular season against Presbyterian and Gardner-Webb University.