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The Radford women’s basketball team extended their six-game winning streak to seven by defeating Longwood University 81-39 on senior night.
The Highlanders improve their record to 19-7 and an impressive 11-1 record when playing at the Dedmon Center.
Both Radford and Longwood played the entire game in a man to man defensive set. While Radford was forcing turnovers, Longwood was having tons of trouble stopping senior Janayla White. White put up a career-high 26 points and didn’t even miss a shot going 12 for 12.
Her efforts made her the second women’s basketball player in Radford history to have a perfect field goal percentage and shoot ten or more shots. She also grabbed eleven rebounds earning her ninth double-double of the year.
The Highlanders only held a three-point lead until Radford sophomore Khiana Johnson started scoring. She hit a three-pointer and a long-range jumper on back to back possessions, extending the lead to 19-9. She finished the game with 13 points and shooting 50 percent from the field.
Radford completely dominated the boards as well, out-rebounding them 42-16. Even after missing shots on their first few possessions, the Highlanders would still score because they were getting multiple offensive rebounds. White finished with four, and senior Jayda Worthy had five of her own.
On two different occasions, White scored an and-1 after grabbing the offensive rebound. She was utterly unstoppable all night and Longwood had no answer for her.
The Highlanders defense held Longwood to seven field goals in the first half. They did a great job switching to different defenders after screens were set. Even in mismatches, Radford held its own only giving up one wide open shot to senior Casey Ripp.
The referees called multiple illegal screens on Longwood in the second quarter, proving the Highlander defense was frustrating them.
Worthy made the most beautiful play of the night. While driving to the hole on the baseline, she gave a fake handoff to her teammate fooling the defense and finished with a layup extending the lead to 27-10.
The play drew a lot of “oohs” and “aahs” from the crowd. Junior Destinee Walker followed up Worthy’s lead with a pretty play herself, a nice one-handed layup in traffic. Two possessions later while running a fast break, Walker stopped and swished a mid-range jumper. Her length and athleticism gave Longwood fits all night while she finished with fifteen points, seven rebounds, and four assists.
The Highlanders finished the game with a field goal percentage of 61. Worthy almost had a double-double scoring fourteen points and grabbing nine rebounds. At one point Radford was leading Longwood by 45 points. It is their second forty-point victory in a row after defeating Winthrop University 70-30.
With a 12-3 record in the Big South conference, the Highlanders are one of the favorites to win the tournament. They are second in the conference with Liberty University ahead of them. If Radford can finish with a better conference record than Liberty, they will capture their second regular season championship in a row.
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