Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic Day 2 Recap

Radford went 2-0 in the 2017 Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic
Radford went 2-0 in the 2017 Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic

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.”

Top Performers

Radford

Claudia Quevedo 15 points

Jayda Worthy 13 points, 7 rebounds

Destinee Walker 13 points, 5 rebounds

Khiana Johnson 13 points

Towson

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.

Top Performers

Abilene Christian

Breanna Wright 18 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists

Sara Williamson 13 points, 5 assists

Sierra Allen 10 points

Old Dominion

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.

Top Performers

Oakland

Sha’Keya Graves 13 points, 3 rebounds

Taylor Jones, 13 points

UAPB

Alexus Bryson 11 points