Claudia Quevedo scored Radford’s final five points in the second overtime period, including a three-point play to give the Highlanders the lead for good in a 76-73 double overtime victory over UNC Asheville to extend their home winning streak to 15 games.
The game marked the second straight overtime gamed played by the two opponents. Radford took a 64-62 overtime victory in Asheville, North Carolina on Jan. 28. Radford is 3-0 in overtime games played on the season.
Quevedo poured in 13 of her career high matching 19 points in the second half, finishing 6 for 11 from the field, including a four of six effort from behind the arc. The redshirt sophomore played in 47 of the game’s 50 minutes, a new career best.
UNC Asheville outscored Radford 31-23 in the second half to force overtime. The Bulldogs built a 58-53 lead with just under six minutes left in regulation. Radford stormed back with a Jayda Worthy layup and Quevedo 3-pointer off a nice feed from Jen Falconer to tie the game.
Following a Bulldog basket, Destinee Walker drained two free throws at the 1:31 mark to tie the game at 60 as the two teams went scoreless for the final minute of regulation. Radford had a chance to win the game with under 10 seconds remaining, but Khiana Johnson was called for an offensive foul.
Chatori Major was unable to get her layup to fall on the other end as Worthy came up with another big block, finishing with three in the game.
Heading into the first overtime tied at 60, both squads combined to score 10 points in the first five-minute period. Walker gave the Highlanders an early lead with a 3-pointer off a UNC Asheville turnover. Following back-to-back layups by both teams, Jessica Wall knocked down a 3-pointer with 23 seconds remaining.
Radford received another chance to win the game, but Walker’s deep three-point attempt from the right wing fell just short.
In the opening minutes of the second overtime, Radford and UNC Asheville answered one another shots. Tied at 71 with just under one minute remaining, Quevedo drove through the lane, getting her layup attempt to fall while being fouled in the act. Quevedo calmly made her free throw to give Radford a 74-71 cushion.
On the next Bulldog possession, Bronaza Fitzgerald grabbed a Wall missed 3-pointer as the offensive put back cut the Radford lead to one with under 10 seconds left.
Following a timeout to advance the ball to half court, Radford put the ball in its hottest hands as UNC Asheville fouled Quevedo. The Canary Islands, Spain native drained both free throws as the Highlanders held on for a thrilling 76-73 overtime victory.
With the win, Radford moves into a two-way tie for fourth in program history with 21 wins on the season. The program record is 25 wins, set by the 1988-89 team.
Radford extends its Big South leading home winning streak to 15 games. The Highlanders last home loss came in a 54-46 decision to UNC Asheville on Jan. 30, 2016. In the last three seasons, Radford holds a 33-8 record inside the Dedmon Center.
The multiple overtime game was the first for the Highlanders since an 84-80 double overtime loss against Gardner-Webb on Feb. 10, 2010.
Radford shot a blistering 53.6 percent from the field, setting a new season best, making 30 of 56 attempts. The Highlanders have shot over 50 percent three times on the season.
Radford assisted on 16 of its 30 field goals. Six players registered at least one assist, including five with two-plus. For the ninth time on the season, Radford placed four players in double-figures.
Claudia Quevedo first scored 19 points against UNC Asheville on Jan. 20, 2015. Her four 3-pointers match a career best for the third time in her career. In addition to her scoring efforts, Quevedo blocked a career best three shots.
Jayda Worthy turned in her third 20-point performance on the season, finishing 10 of 15 from the field. Worthy finished seven rebounds, three blocks and three assists.
Destinee Walker turned in her 22nd double-digit performance of the season, finishing with 12 points. Walker led the Highlanders with six assists, her 10th time on the season.
Janayla White added 12 points off the bench on 5 of 7 shooting to go along with six rebounds.
Rounding out the Highlanders in the scoring column; Khiana Johnson finished with nine points and redshirt senior Rachael Ross added four points.
Ross was honored pregame as the lone senior on the Highlander roster. She made both of her baskets, including the first of the game for Radford.
UNC Asheville controlled the boards 34-32, while scoring 18 points of Radford’s 17 turnovers. In 50 minutes played, there was only 21 fouls called in the game.
Chatori Major paced three Bulldogs in double-figures with a game-high 23 points on 9 of 21 shooting, including a 5 for 10 clip from behind the arc.
“This was a highly intense game. I thought both teams fought their hearts out. You have to credit both teams for everything they put into this game. It was very exciting with a lot of big plays by several different players. We were lucky enough to make the most at the end of the game. We had a lot of minutes played by several players. The overall psyche and motivation will be there Monday night. This is something they have been waiting on and working for. I think the adrenaline, excitement and overall motivation of our team will show up on Monday night,” said Radford head coach Mike McGuire.
— Courtesy of RU Athletics