Both RU Basketball squads struggle over weekend

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Sean Karoly

skaroly@radford.edu

Both the men’s and women’s Basketball teams went on the road this past weekend to take on Big South Conference rivals, but neither were able to grab a win away from the Dedmon Center.

Before the weekend games, however, the women’s team travelled to Farmville, Va. to take on the Longwood Lancers on Valentine’s Day and came away victorious.

Senior guard Victoria Hamilton fueled the Highlanders to a win with her third double-double of the season, posting 14 points on seven of 12 shooting to go along with 12 boards. The Highs outrebounded the Lancers 46-34.

Senior guard Ashley Buckhannon followed up Hamilton’s double-digit scoring performance with 13 points of her own, including seven of eight from the free throw line.

Unable to pull off consecutive road wins, the fun ended Saturday, Feb. 16 for the women’s basketball team after a 60-69 loss to Liberty University.

The game was knotted up at 29 a piece at halftime, but second half turnovers decimated RU’s chances of beating the Lady Flames, who sit atop the Big South Conference with a 12-2 conference record to go along with a 20-6 overall record.

The Highs outrebounded the Lady Flames 43-36, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a subpar shooting day and 20 turnovers.

A comeback was certainly in question when the Highs went on a 12-4 run late in the second half to trim the lead to just 64-58 with 46 seconds left in the game.

With nothing left to do but foul and hope for a miss, the Highs forced the Lady Flames to seal the victory at the line. Liberty hit their last five of six from the stripe and put an end to any hopes of a spectacular comeback against the number one team in the conference.

Buckhannon had a game high 16 points to go along with three steals, while Hamilton scored 13 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Senior forward Sarah Tabb added 12 points of her own in the game.

The outcome was the same for the men’s team, who also played on Saturday. The team played on the road at Longwood and fell to the Lancers 76-61.

Stepping on the gas early, the Lancers had a 22-9 lead on the Highs just halfway through the first half after RU hit only one of their first ten shots. The team finished the first half shooting a mere 26 percent from the field.

The team put together a more solid offense in the second half, matching Longwood’s second half total of 38 points, but it was not enough to make up for the first half troubles. Longwood never trailed in the game.

Similar to the women’s game, the men’s team had no trouble pulling down boards. They grabbed 42 rebounds including a notable 21 offensive rebounds but were only able to convert 14 points off of second chance opportunities.

The point guard tandem of sophomore R.J. Price and freshman Rashun Davis combined for 21 points, but on a mere6-25 shooting. Additionally, Radford assisted on only six baskets in the contest.

Sophomore shooting guard Javonte Green tallied 13 points to go along with seven rebounds, ending his double-double streak at three games.

Center Tristan Carey of the Lancers proved to be an unstoppable force against the Highs, scoring a whopping 31 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Guard Lucas Woodhouse had a double-double of his own, scoring 12 and adding 11 assists.

The loss snapped a two game winning streak for the Highs.

The men’s team comes back home to play Campbell University at the Dedmon Center Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m., while the women’s team will play its final road game of the season at Winthrop University on Saturday, Feb. 23.