Radford 69, Towson 66
Radford (6-4) held off Towson 69-66 to leave the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic with two straight victories. Towson came out ready to take the game, leading after one quarter 20-18.
Radford recovered in the second quarter with a 16-10 effort to go into halftime with a 34-30 lead. The Highlanders began to break away in the third quarter, leading by double digits by the end of the period.
With a 55-44 lead heading into the fourth quarter, Radford had trouble making baskets for the first few minutes of the period. Towson went on a 6-0 run in the last few minutes to get within four points of Radford. The effort of the Tigers was not enough though to steal the win.
"What a hard-fought, tough basketball game,” said Radford head coach Mike McGuire. “I thought both teams were prepared and competed really hard today. Our team played with tremendous heart and resilience today. We knew we had to play with great disciple and togetherness to get this win against a talented Towson squad. I'm very proud of this win and how we played on this trip. We continue to improve in small ways that will help us for conference play.”
Claudia Quevedo 15 points
Jayda Worthy 13 points, 7 rebounds
Destinee Walker 13 points, 5 rebounds
Khiana Johnson 13 points
Mary Cuevas 22 points, 9 rebounds
Raine Bankston 18 points, 4 rebounds
Nukiya Mayo 15 points, 9 rebounds
Abilene Christian 74, Old Dominion 60
Abilene Christian bounced back from a loss on the first day of the tournament to defeat Old Dominion 74-60 on Friday. The victory was a special one for the Wildcats as it marked the 400th career win for head coach Julie Goodenough.
ODU started off on a high note with a 7-0 run but ACU quickly caught up. After a first quarter where the teams scored 16 points each, ACU took over to outperform ODU in the next two quarters scoring enough points to put their opponent in the rear-view mirror for good.
Breanna Wright 18 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists
Sara Williamson 13 points, 5 assists
Sierra Allen 10 points
Odegua Oigbokie 25 points, 6 rebounds
Victoria Morris 12 points
Oakland 69, UAPB 37
Oakland continued their winning ways with a 69-37 rout of UAPB in the last game of the tournament. Early on, it seemed as if the Golden Lions would give the Golden Grizzlies some trouble as the teams traded baskets for the first five minutes of the contest.
However, Oakland ramped up their offense in the closing minutes of the first quarter to head into the second period with a 19-12 lead. The Golden Grizzlies outscored UAPB by double digits in the next ten minutes to go into the half with a 38-19 lead.
Oakland had a balanced effort in the win as all five starters scored and six players came off the bench to put up points.
Sha’Keya Graves 13 points, 3 rebounds
Taylor Jones, 13 points
Alexus Bryson 11 points