Highlanders Make it 13 Straight and Capture Big South Title on Senior Day

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By Chad Boxley | cboxley@radford.edu

802 enthusiastic fans gathered in attendance on senior day inside the Dedmon center as The Radford Highlanders (21- 6) defeated The USC Upstate Spartans (7-19) on Mar. 2. This victory earned the Highlanders win number 13 of their consecutive win streak.

The Highlanders also sit at a remarkable (21-6) record on the season. The win also earned the Highlanders home games throughout the entirety of the Big South Tournament, meaning that fans have a treat in store for them beginning on Mar. 14 as the Highlanders are back in action for the quarterfinals

The first half of the Highlander Spartan matchup was tightly contested as there wasn’t a lead of larger than 5 points by either team.

As the score read 41 to 30, the Spartans couldn’t quite catch back up as the Highlanders kept a comfortable lead throughout the fourth quarter.The Highlanders led the highly anticipated contest with a score of 27 to 22 at halftime.

The Spartans began to show promise around the 7:28 mark in the third quarter as they lead 28 to 27.

The team gathers together as they head into the second half vs the Spartans.

The contest looked to be going well for the Spartans as they only trailed 34 to 30 with 2:52 left in the third quarter. Redshirt Junior forward Savannah Felgemacher (13 points) would then score nine dominate points to close out the third quarter increasing the Highlander lead to eleven points.

As the score read 41 to 30, the Spartans couldn’t quite catch back up as the Highlanders kept a comfortable lead throughout the fourth quarter. They would go on to win the contest 55 to 43 on a very special day for the program!

Standout senior Destinee Walker celebrated her senior day as she produced 9 points and three steals from her guard and forward position.Redshirt-junior forward Lydia Rivers earned her eleventh double-double of the season as she still leads the big south conference in rebounds. Rivers also led the team in scoring on the evening as she produced 16 points and snatched 13 rebounds in addition to her three blocks.

Redshirt junior Sidney Nunley dominated from her center position on the evening as she added 13 points and 13 rebounds off the bench. Nunley recorded her tenth double-double of the season in today’s performance.

Standout senior Destinee Walker celebrated her senior day as she produced 9 points and three steals from her guard and forward position.

The Highlander defense performed above average as they forced the Spartans to shoot poor. Upstate only made 19 of their 59 shots and even executed poorly for 3-point range only making 2 of their 22 shots.

The Highlanders are no strangers to dominating in the paint as they have been doing all season with the amazing front-court that they have. They went on to display, producing 41 points down low against the Spartan defense.

The Highlanders look to seek revenge on Mar. 6 at 7 p.m. as they invite Hampton to the Dedmon center for a highly anticipated matchup. The Hampton Pirates gave the Highlanders their ONLY conference lost this season.

On Mar. 9, The Highlanders look to wrap up their regular season schedule when they travel to Clinton South Carolina as they take on Presbyterian College just three days before the beginning of the Big South Tournament.

Stay updated with the Radford Women’s basketball team throughout the 2019 tournament season by following them at @Radford_wbb on Twitter & Instagram. You can also like Radford Women’s Basketball on facebook as well for more information.

Khiana Johnson brings the ball up the court in the second half of Mar. 2. win vs Use Upstate.
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Photo Credit: (Chade Boxley | The Tartan)