RADFORD, VA – Charleston Southern was unable to overcome a well-balanced Radford attack as the Buccaneers fell to the Highlanders, 74-57, on Saturday at the Dedmon Center.
CSU fell to 10-13, 5-7 following the defeat, while Radford improved to 16-7, 9-3 with the win. Ke'Asia Jackson led the Bucs with a season-high 19 points, while Njeri Nelms added 15 points and five rebounds.
Radford used an early 9-0 run to take a 9-3 lead on Claudia Quevedo's three-pointer. Shelby Wilbanks' layup with 3:22 left in the first quarter was only the second field goal for CSU over a six-minute span as the Bucs trailed 14-7. Rachel Burns' layup with seven seconds to go made the Highlanders' lead 18-11 at the end of the first frame.
Jayda Worthy's layup capped a 15-2 run to open the second quarter as Radford seized a 33-13 advantage. CSU chipped away at the lead when Shauntavia Dobson knocked down a trifecta with 26 seconds remaining to cut the margin to 35-18 at halftime.
The Highlanders picked up where they left off in the second half as Quevedo's triple put Radford ahead 42-22. Jackson's jumper with 4:01 left in the period ended a CSU field goal drought of over three minutes as the Bucs trailed 47-27. Nelms' three-pointer with 14 seconds to go made it 55-34 at the end of the third stanza.
Charleston Southern put up a fight to open the fourth quarter as Dumorne's two free throws capped a 14-4 run and trimmed Radford's lead to 59-48 with 5:01 remaining in the contest. The Highlanders used solid shooting and lockdown defense the rest of the way to pull away from the Bucs and close out the win.
Quevedo led Radford with 20 points, while Janayla White added a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Inside the Numbers
- Weknyne Dumorne had a team-high 12 rebounds and three blocks as she continues to rank among the league-leaders in both categories.
- Rachel Burns moved into a tie with Katie Tull (2007-2011) for 11th place all-time at CSU with 154 career steals.
- CSU struggled to spread the ball around as the Bucs had a season low one assist compared to Radford's 12 dimes.
- Both teams relied on solid free throw shooting as CSU shot 77.8% (14-of-18), while Radford averaged 77.4% (24-of-31) from the charity stripe.
- The Highlanders pounded the ball down low as they held a 34-20 advantage in points in the paint.
News and Notes
- Charleston Southern had its three-game winning streak snapped, while Radford recorded its fourth straight victory.
- CSU falls to 3-8 away from the Buc Dome.
- The Bucs sit in a four-way tie for fifth place in the Big South standings with Campbell, Presbyterian and Gardner-Webb.
CSU returns to action when it travels to play at UNC Asheville on Tuesday at 7 p.m.