Women’s basketball splits two on the road

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By Josh Moore

jmoore1@radford.edu

The Lady Highlanders traveled to Conway, South Carolina to take on Coastal Carolina last Tuesday. The Highlanders started off the game slow, but jumped out to a 20-18 lead at the half thanks to the Highlanders defense which held Coastal Carolina to a shooting percentage of just under 26 percent .

Radford ended the third quarter leading 36-27 thanks to a late basket and free throw from Aisha Foy and a 7-0 run heading into the fourth quarter. Radford went on to to beat Coastal 49-36. Radford surged to a 13-2 run late in the final quarter, putting the game away. The win ended a three game losing streak in the Big South for the Lady Highlanders and a season sweep of Coastal Carolina.

“Defense continues to be our strength and what we hang our hat on. I thought it was a really well played defensive game for us. Coastal is a very dangerous team, especially when they get hot from behind the 3-point line. Our game plan was to limit their opportunities and they only made one. It was a gutsy win to get back on track,” said head coach Mike McGuire.

The Highlanders were led by senior guard Foy who poured in a game high 15 points, followed by a 12 point effort from sophomore forward Jayda Worthy. Sophomore forward Janayla White added to the load with 21 rebounds and 11 of those coming in the first half.

The women traveled to Lynchburg, this time to face off against Big South rival Liberty. The Highlanders started the game off strong with a 6-2 run. Sophomore guard Gaby Gilmore added five points early in the first quarter as the Highlanders led 16-13 after one quarter.

Liberty started to come into their own in the second quarter. The Flames ended the first half with a 14-4 run. The Flames headed to the locker room leading 29-22. Radford would cut the lead early in the second half to 39-34. But that is as close as the Highlanders would come, as they would end up losing 67-53 to Liberty.

Again, Foy led the Highlanders with 14 points while shooting 50 percent from the field. White followed with 11 points of her own.

“I thought we were solid for the first quarter and a half. The second quarter, we missed some opportunities and we didn’t respond well to their mini run. The last four minutes of the second quarter was the difference in the game and it was an uphill battle the rest of the way. We played as hard as we have in a very long time, we just have to do it consistently,” said McGuire.