Radford was unable to become the first team in program history to win double-digit home and road games in a season, dropping a 74-64 overtime decision to High Point, but clinched the outright Big South Regular Season Championship in the loss.
Radford finished the regular season with a 22-7 record, including a 13-0 mark inside the Dedmon Center and a 9-7 clip in road contests. The Highlanders clinched the outright regular season championship with Campbell’s 57-47 loss at Liberty.
The Highlanders controlled a 10-point lead (25-15) at the 8:07 mark in the second quarter. High Point ended the first half on a 16-4 run to take a 31-29 advantage with 1:55 left in the half. Radford tied the game up at 31 as Jayda Worthy knocked down a mid-range jumper off a Janayla White assist.
For the first time on the season, Radford entered the locker room tied with an opponent.
The third quarter saw both teams exchange baskets, before High Point went on another run, this time a 15-6 run to take a 49-46 lead as Camryn Brown drained 3-pointer to beat the buzzer at the end of the third quarter.
Jayda Worthy scored six of Radford’s first nine points to start the fourth quarter. Radford regained the lead as Jen Falconer’s fourth 3-pointer of the contest gave the Highlanders a 54-41 lead with 7:51 left in regulation.
Trailing 56-52, High Point used a 7-1 edge to take a 59-57 lead as Shea Morgan floated an Emma Bockrath inbounds pass to beat the shot clock with one second remaining.
White grabbed a Destinee Walker missed jumper with just under 20 seconds on the clock, getting fouled on the putback. White made both free throws to send the Highlanders into their second overtime game in the last three contests tied at 59.
Radford took a 62-61 lead early in overtime as Worthy grabbed an offensive rebound, finding White for the layup.
Following the layup, High Point scored 13 unanswered points, before two White free throws snapped the run as the Panthers took a 74-64 comeback overtime victory.
Finishing with 14 Big South wins, Radford matched a program record for most conference wins in a season, set by the 2014-15 squad.
With the loss, Radford falls to 5-17 against High Point on the road. Radford finished the game with a 42.4 field goal percentage, shooting 52 percent in the first half. The overtime period saw Highlanders go one for 10 from the floor.
High Point controlled a 45-36 rebound edge, including 18-9 on the offensive glass. Radford has only been outrebounded 10 times on the season. The Panthers turned the 18 offensive boards into 11 points.
Radford controlled the paint 26-24, holding a 16-5 record when dominating the paint. Jayda Worthy just missed her fourth 20-point performance of the season, finishing with 19 points on 9 of 12 shooting. Collecting her 20th career double-double, Janayla White turned in a 15-point and 14-rebound effort.
In the final two games of the season, White scored 19 points and grabbed 24 rebounds.
Jen Falconer rounded out the three Highlanders in double-figures, knocking down four 3-pointers to finish with 12 points. The four 3-pointers are a new career high for the redshirt freshman.
Radford was four of seven from behind the arc in the opening quarter, finishing 6 for 20 after 45 minutes of play. The Highlanders assisted on 14 of 25 made field goals as Destinee Walker led the way with five assists.
On her Senior Day, Kaylah Keys finished with a game-high 24 points on eight of 15 shooting, including a seven for 10 effort from the free throw line.
“I’m not sure that I have been in a situation like this before, where you lose your last regular season game, but get a little help and win the outright regular season championship. This loss doesn’t take away from the length of the 18-game conference schedule and everything that this team has put into it. I think in a lot of ways, they were very consistent and as consistent as any team in the league. They earned the regular season championship and the top seed in the tournament. A lot things happened in this game that will really help us,” said Radford head coach Mike McGuire.
Radford will enter the 2017 Big South Women’s Basketball Tournament as the top overall seed. The tournament is being hosted by Liberty, which will take place inside the Vines Center March 9-12. The Highlanders will play the 12 p.m. quarterfinal game on March 10.
Radford will play the winner of the No. 8/9 game. Gardner-Webb has already clinched the eighth seed. The ninth seed will go to either Winthrop or Longwood, which will be decided by the College Basketball RPI Report.
— Courtesy of RU Athletics