The Radford Women’s Basketball team tipped off their season in explosive fashion on Saturday evening with a 74-38 victory over the Emory and Henry Wasps inside the Dedmon Center, giving head coach Mike McGuire his first regular season victory as a member of the Highlanders coaching staff.
Three separate Highlanders finished with double-doubles on the night, the most impressive of which came from junior guard Ayana Avery who led the Highlanders in scoring by matching her career high with 21 points. 18 of Avery’s points came from behind the arc where the long range sniper shot lights out by connecting on 66 percent of her three point attempts. Avery also managed to haul in a team high 11 rebounds on the night, a career-high for the Radford guard.
“I had no idea I would be getting a double-double this game,” Avery said when asked about her career night. “I tried to get in and grab more rebounds because coach wants me to grab more boards. As for the points, I just happened to get hot and my teammates were finding me in transition to spot up and knock down shots.”
“Our main goal is to come out and compete for 40 minutes and never let up,” Avery said when asked about the goals for this year’s Highlanders squad. “We hope to win the BSC tournament and make it to the NCAA tournament.”
Center Rachael Ross and freshman guard Kermisha Clark chipped in with double-doubles of their own. Ross finished with 16 points on six of nine shooting to go with 10 rebounds, while the freshman guard led the team in assists with 10 to go along with her 11 points. Saturday marked the first game in which multiple Highlanders finished with double-doubles since the team’s 2010 campaign.
Radford started the second half with a 16-4 run to give themselves a comfortable 52-19 cushion over the Wasps.
The Highlanders concluded their night shooting 27-53 overall, enough to earn them a 50.9 percent clip for the game. To go along with the efficient scoring, Radford managed to win the rebounding battle 51-35 against the Wasps in the contest.
Anna Green led the Emory and Henry Wasps in scoring with 8 points while Karina Farr led Emory and Henry in team rebounds with a total of 9.
The (1-0) Highlanders will play a second straight game at home against Lynchburg College on Tuesday, November 12 before embarking on a streak of 6 straight road games before returning home again.