Gardner-Webb University turned it up in the second half Saturday to overcome a 12-point deficit and defeat Radford, 54-50, in women’s college basketball.
Alexus Hill shot 8-of-12 from the floor (4-of-4 3-pointers) and scored 20 points to lead GWU. Olivia Parker had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocked shots, Candace Brown totaled 8 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Connerville native Tierra Huntsman finished with 2 points, 4 rebounds and a steal.
Gardner-Webb, winners of 6 straight, improve to 13-6 overall, 7-2 in Big South Conference play. Radford is 10-8, 6-3 in the BSC.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs struggled to score early, with Radford jumping out to a 7-0 lead. The Highlanders took a 27-20 advantage into the lockerroom at halftime.
With Janayla White controlling the boards, Radford used a 12-5 run to open a 39-27 lead with 4:40 left in the 3rd quarter. The Runnin’ Bulldogs kept chipping away, eventually taking a 50-48 lead with 2:32 left on a 3-pointer and jump shot by Hill. Brown made 4 straight free-throws the final 10 seconds to secure the win.
White scored 15 points and grabbed 21 rebounds to lead the Highlanders. Jayda Worthy scored 13 points and Aisa Foy added 11.
Gardner-Webb plays Liberty University Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Lynchburg, Va.
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