Women’s Basketball: Highlanders Set a Program Record With 12 Consecutive Victory’s

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By Chad Boxley | cboxley@radford.edu

Radford Women basketball’s Standout junior forward Lydia Rivers stood at the free throw line with 32 seconds left in the game trailing the UNC Asheville Bulldogs (15-11, 10-5 Big South) 43 to 44.

She would display her clutch jean as she went on to make both free throws which resulted in the Highlanders (20-7,14-1 Big South) taking a 45 to 44 lead! The Highlanders would hold the Bulldogs for the remainder of the game defeating them 45 to 44.

This is the programs 12th consecutive victory on Feb. 26 surpassing the previous record of 11 straight wins!

The Fight

This contest was an intense battle for the Highlanders, but they continued to display the fight that they have displayed all season as well as their ability to capitalize in games when it matters the most.

Standout junior forward Savanah Felgemacher leads the Highlanders in scoring as she amassed 14 total points shooting 7 of 11 from the floor. She also continued to dominate down low as she has been all season, adding nine rebounds. A slow start from both teams would result in a low scoring first quarter as it read 10 to 13. The Highlanders would struggle with shooting as they only shot 4-of-17 from the field during that period.

Coming off of her 18-point 9-rebound game against Campbell, Rivers remained in foul trouble throughout the tough first half as she sat the entire second quarter.

The Highlanders trailed 17 to 26 after a Bulldog buzzer beater sent them into the locker room for halftime. This was also the Bulldogs largest lead of the game.

As the teams returned from halftime, the Highlanders would then cook up a vicious 8 – 3 run to open up the 3rd quarter bringing them within four as the scoreboard read Radford 25 to the Bulldogs 29 points at the 4:57 mark in the third quarter.

The game would stay tightly contested with Radford still trailing until 1:24 left in the game as a result of Rivers going 1-of-2 from the free throw line, the Highlanders took a 43 to 42 lead. This was their first lead over the Bulldogs since the first quarter.

The Finish

Junior guard Khiana Johnson led the run as she had a dominant streak in the 4th period scoring seven straight points to keep the Highlanders in the game.

The Highlanders also shot extremely good from the free throw line shooting 70% during the second half, and 10 of 18 overall.

Standout junior forward Savanah Felgemacher leads the Highlanders in scoring as she amassed 14 total points shooting 7 of 11 from the floor. She also continued to dominate down low as she has been all season, adding nine rebounds. Felgemacher would even score 4 of the 10 first-quarter points for the Highlanders, which displays her consistency.

This makes it 20 wins for the Highlanders this regular season as they improve to 14 wins and one loss in the Big South conference.Senior guard/forward Destinee Walker added 8 points during the contest. While Amele Ngwafang contributed by playing her role coming off of the bench, cleaning up down low, totaling six rebounds on the evening.

Rivers contributed as she finished with 7 points and 7 rebounds in addition to some key free throw shots even while being in foul trouble.

This makes it 20 wins for the Highlanders this regular season as they improve to 14 wins and one loss in the Big South conference.

Follow the Highlanders as they continue their mission as they look to finish up this historic regular season. To stay up to date with the Highlanders women’s basketball team action follow @RadfordWbb on twitter, @radford_wbb on Instagram and like Radford Women’s Basketball on Facebook.

Photo Credit: (RU Athletics – In the Featured Image is Savanah Felgemacher)