Radford avenged its earlier loss to Presbyterian with a 60-50 Alumnae Day victory for its 19th on the season, the most wins by a Highlander team since the 2007-08 squad went 23-12.
The win improves the Highlanders’ home record to 11-0, marking the second straight year Radford has won 11 games inside the Dedmon Center.
Leading all scorers, Destinee Walker poured in 20 points her sixth 20-point showcase on a six for 12 shooting performance, including a six for eight effort from the free throw line. Walker ranks second in the Big South in 20-point performances. Janayla White collected her third double-double on the season with 12 points and 13 rebounds. White has now scored double-figures in three straight games.
Radford trailed 12-11 after the first quarter as Walker drained a 3-pointer off a Rachael Ross offensive rebound to cut the Blue Hose lead to one-point following the opening 10 minutes of play. Walker tallied seven of Radford’s 11 points in the quarter.
The Highlanders opened the offensive floodgates in the second quarter with a 16-0 run to end the first half, outscoring the Blue Hose 21-5 in the quarter. Playing eight minutes in the quarter, White tallied 11 points and seven rebounds. Jayda Worthy joined White with seven rebounds, combining for 14 of Radford’s 16 in the quarter as the Highlanders held a 16-2 edge.
Worthy ended the quarter with the play of the game as Walker’s lead pass off a rebound sailed ahead of a sprinting Worthy. The junior was able to track down the ball, finding a wide-open Jen Falconer for a jumper as she dodged the camera operator while falling out of bounds.
Despite committing 11 turnovers in the first half, Radford commanded a 33-16 lead. The Blue Hose only scored four points off turnovers in the half.
After shooting 24 percent in the first half, Presbyterian came out on fire in the second half, scoring the first 11 points of the quarter to cut the deficit to 33-27. Walker ended the Blue Hose run with a three-pointer off Worthy’s third assist of the contest with 6:02 remaining in the quarter.
An offensive rebound putback and free throw by Sydney Nunley extended the Highlander lead as the three-point play handed Radford a 39-30 advantage with just four minutes remaining in the third quarter.
There would only be two field goals made in the final four minutes as both teams combined to make six free throws. Cortney Storey rattled off four straight points to end the third quarter with the Blue Hose only trailing 43-38 after facing a 17-point deficit at halftime.
In the final quarter, both teams opened up play with a 6-0 run. Radford pushed the lead back to double-digits as White found Falconer for a 3-pointer and Worthy for a layup to give the Highlanders a 54-44 lead with 3:42 remaining.
Storey scored Presbyterian’s final six points to finish with 19 points, but Walker countered with four points to cap off the game with 20 as Radford closed out a 60-50 victory.
Radford’s 19th win gives head coach Mike McGuire the most in any season during his tenure.
Radford now is one win shy of 700 in program history. The Highlander are 699-547 in their 46-year history. The Highlanders extend their home winning streak to 13 straight. The most consecutive home wins in program history is 21, set in 1983-84.
Finishing with a 42.9 field goal percentage, Radford has now shot over 40-percent 16 times on the season with 10 coming in Big South play.
With her sixth 20-point performance, Destinee Walker trails Winthrop’s Erica Williams (7) for the Big South lead. Walker now averages 14.7 PPG, ranking fourth in the conference. She has scored 367 points on the season.
Janayla White collected her 17th career double-double, which leads all Radford players. White dished out three assists, giving her six in the last two games.
Jayda Worthy added seven points and 12 rebounds. She led the Highlanders with four assists and two blocks. Worthy now has 47 assists on the season, while leading the team 10 times on the season.
For the first time since Jan. 14, Radford finished with two players with double-digit rebounds in a game. Radford received only eight points from its bench.
The Highlanders dominated the paint 24-20 and second chance points 14-0. Dominating the boards for the 17th time on the season, Radford held a 40-25 advantage. Radford’s defense forced 15 turnovers, scoring 21 points off Presbyterian miscues.
In two games against the Highlanders, Presbyterian has collected 26 steals.
“Today was a tough battle. Presbyterian plays so hard and challenges you on each possession. I thought our stretch in the second quarter ended up being the difference in the game. We had a nice seven-minute span in the second quarter that gave us a 17-point lead. Presbyterian controlled the entire third quarter and had us on our heels a little bit. As this team has shown all season, they are going to compete and make plays at crucial times in the game. I’m really happy we could get this win on alumnae day as well. Today was a great day for Radford women’s basketball,” said Radford head coach Mike McGuire.
— Courtesy of RU Athletics