Radford Hands Lady Camels First Big South Loss 80-70

Katelyn Bass
(photo by Will Bratton)
Katelyn Bass (photo by Will Bratton)

RADFORD, VA.-Radford edged out Campbell with a 13-4 run over the game's final 3:59, topping the Lady Camels 80-70 and handing CU its first Big South loss Saturday at the Dedmon Center.

Radford owned a slim one point lead at 67-66 with 4:12 remaining before the decisive run.

Radford moves to 7-6 overall with the win and 1-1 in Big South play, while Campbell dips to 9-5 on the year and 2-1 in league games.

Campbell trailed by nine at 56-47with 13:14 on the clock after a Katherine Brockett three pointer, but four Lady Camels combined to reel off 10-2 run, bringing the game back to one at 58-57 with 9:33 remaining.

After Jordynn Gaymon's putback broke the CU run and helped Radford extend its lead back to six, the Lady Camels mounted another comeback, slicing the Highlander advantage down to one again when Tonisha Baker picked off a RU pass and coasted for two.

RU gripped just a 67-66 lead after the Baker basket with 4:12 to play before the Highlanders closed out the game on the critical 13-4 run.

Da'Naria Erwin-Spencer paced Radford with 21 points and six assists, while Katherine Brockett added 13 points. Ashley Buckhannon chipped in nine, while Jordynn Gaymon posted eight points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Victoria Hamilton collected seven points, with Sarah Tabb gathering eight rebounds and four points.

Junior guard Tonisha Baker led Campbell with 18 points, including 14 in the second half alone, adding four rebounds and three steals. Senior forward Katelyn Bass recorded 16 points and 10 rebounds for her first career double-double.

Junior forward Jazmine Cooper notched nine points and three boards in 17 minutes, plagued by foul trouble for the majority of the afternoon. Jessica Moore and Ashley James, meanwhile, poured in eight and seven points, respectively off the bench.

Tied at 22 in the first half after a Jessica Moore triple, Radford rallied for a 13-4 run to go up nine, its largest lead of the half at 35-26.

After another Moore trey snapped the RU run, the Lady Camels closed the gap to three at 37-34 with four-straight from Ashley James. Radford took a 41-36 lead into the half.

Campbell was outrebounded for just the fourth time this season, as the Highlanders owned a 50-38 advantage on the glass, posting 22 second-chance points. Radford's 50 rebounds were the most by a Lady Camel opponent this season.

The Lady Camels will continue Big South play on the road Monday at Liberty. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. in Lynchburg, Va.