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By Will Beverina
It was an emotional scene Saturday afternoon as Radford women’s basketball honored seniors Aisha Foy and Gaby Gilmore for the team’s Senior Day game. A rout of Longwood made things even sweeter for the pair of guards in the twilight of their Highlander careers.
Foy got her 82nd and final career start for Radford, suiting up only for tip-off after suffering a torn ACL against Charleston Southern two games prior. The guard has been a mainstay in the team’s lineup since her sophomore season, racking up 2,993 career minutes and 955 career points over her four years in a Highlander uniform. She leaves with the fifth-highest all-time three-point percentage, seventh-highest free throw percentage, and just outside of the top 10 in games played in program history.
Gilmore has started in all 26 games this season as Radford’s premier perimeter defender. She is averaging over two steals a game this campaign while also contributing over nine points a game. While Gilmore only played two seasons for the Highlanders, she was a defensive contributor from day one, a good way for any player to carve out a spot in the rotation.
The game itself quickly got out of hand for the visiting Lancers from opening tip, falling behind early 11-4 off a Gilmore steal and score. Coming off a loss at UNC Ashville, Radford shot a blazing 47.1 percent in the first half on the way to a 41-21 halftime lead.
Longwood, to their credit, came out swinging in the second frame. But despite a 46-point effort in the final two quarters, could only come as close as a 14-point deficit as the Highlanders brought home an 80-64 win.
Gilmore stuffed the stat-sheet on her Senior Day, finishing with 10 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three steals, and a block. Front court duo Jayda Worthy and Janayla White were both in form, each scoring 17 points and nabbing four rebounds. White added six assists, two blocks, and two steals, while Worthy added three steals and a block of her own. The team’s 52 points in the paint compared to Longwood’s 24 helped pave the way to victory.
The Radford women’s basketball team improved to 14-12 on the season, with a 10-7 Big South record. The win also continued the Highlander’s impressive home form, as they now have a 10-3 mark at the Dedmon Center. Longwood meanwhile fell to 6-20 overall and 3-14 in the Big South.
The Highlanders have a match against the Winthrop Eagles on the road on Feb. 23, then return home for the final time this season to face off against Presbyterian on Mar. 1. Tip-off at Dedmon Center against the Blue Hose is at 7 p.m., and is available to watch on ESPN 3.