Radford 71, Abilene Christian 65
Radford (5-4) held off Abilene Christian 71-65 in a game that went down to the wire. Even though Radford was in control for most of the contest, the Highlanders found themselves scrapping to maintain their lead in the fourth quarter.
Radford to raced out to a six-point lead and finished the quarter with a 16-8 advantage. ACU outpaced Radford offensively in the second quarter, 20-17 but it was not enough to overtake the Highlanders. Heading into the break Radford led 33-28.
It seemed as if Radford would coast comfortably to the end of the game after the break as they built up a 15-point lead at 4:20 in the third quarter. However, the fourth quarter was a totally different narrative.
ACU held the Highlanders to just two points in the last ten minutes. Their valiant effort to get as close as one point to Radford in the last three minutes did not put them in the win column.
The game marked the first time Radford has ever played in Nevada. The Highlanders play Towson tomorrow while ACU faces Old Dominion.
Destinee Walker 19 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists
Lydia Rivers 18 points, 10 rebounds
Claudia Quevedo 15 points
Dominique Golightly 20 points, 14 rebounds
Sara Williamson 11 points
Breanna Wright 10 points, 3 rebounds
Towson 70, Arkansas Pine Bluff 44
Towson (5-5) had no trouble putting Arkansas Pine Bluff (2-7) away in the second game of the tournament. From the outset, Towson dominated, outscoring UAPB 26-14 in the first quarter.
It was a balanced effort from the Tigers as seven different players scored in the first ten minutes. However, Daijha Thomas dominated the effort for the Tigers as she led all scorers at the half with 10 points plus four rebounds and her team had a 38-21 advantage.
The third quarter was much of the same as Towson outscored UAPB 19-4. The tables turned in the fourth as UAPB begin to fight back. While UAPB outscored Towson 19-13 in the last ten minutes it was not nearly enough to overcome a double-digit deficit.
UAPB plays Oakland on the second day of the tournament.
Nukiya Mayo 11 points 7 rebounds
Raine Bankston 10 points, 5 rebounds, 4assts
Mary Cuevas 11 points, 7 rebounds
Arkansas Pine Bluff
Destiny Brewton 10 points, 6 assists
Shawntayla Harris 8 points, 12 rebounds
Oakland 80, Old Dominion 59
Oakland cruised to a win over Old Dominion Saturday night. The Golden Grizzlies set the tone immediately by racing out to a 6-0 lead via pair of three-point shots from Sha’keyah Graves.
Oakland led 13-9 at the end of the first quarter and began to break away with a double figure advantage in the second quarter. At the half Oakland led 38-21.
The Golden Grizzlies had four players in double figures led by Taylor Jones who scored a season-high 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting.
On the second day of the tournament, Oakland will play Arkansas at Pine Bluff while Old Dominion will play Abilene Christian.
Taylor Jones 20 points, 4 rebounds
Sha’keyah Graves 15 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists
Leah Somerfield 12 points, 5 rebounds
Taylor Gleason 11 points, 4 rebounds
Victoria Morris 20 points
Odegua Oigbokie 15 points, 8 rebounds
Ashley Jackson 11 points, 4 rebounds