CONWAY, S.C.-The Coastal Carolina University womens basketball team (9-12, 3-6 Big South) fell to Radford University (11-11, 4-5 Big South) 72-55 Feb. 16, in Radford, Va. The Highlanders connected on nine three-pointers and outrebounded the Lady Chants 52-26.
Radford hit a barrage of threes after Coastal jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Kylie Williamson hit two threes back-to-back and Radford took an 8-5 lead. Senior Nikki Reddick (Hartsville, S.C./Hartsville) hit a three at 15:55 to get it back to 12-10, but Radford went on a 9-0 run, ending with an Amanda Neby jumper at 10:12. Coastal had a 7-0 run itself, capped off by a layup from freshman Alisha Dill (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill), to get it back to 25-19, but a Taryn Causey three gave the Highlanders a nine-point lead. Right before the half, the Lady Chants cut the lead to four on a Dill three-pointer, but two free throws from Sarah Stephens and a three from Williamson gave Radford a 38-29 halftime advantage.
Reddick and junior Courtney Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch) led the Lady Chants with seven points at the break. Radford was 7-of-12 from three-point range, including three from Williamson.
Radford came out of the lockerroom with a 5-0 run, and when Williamson hit another three, the Highlanders had a 46-31 lead. Radford led by as many as 20 points in the second half and went on a 7-0 run after Coastal cut the lead to 13 with 5:05 left.
Reddick led the Chants with 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting. Senior Whitney Shearer (Monticello, Ky./Wayne County) added 11 points and Dill had nine points. Senior Crystal Brown (Mineral Wells, W.Va./Parkersburg South) led Coastal with seven rebounds. Seniors Cyndie Troutman (Hampton, Tenn./Walters State C.C.) and Temecca Barnes (Malone, Fla./Chipola J.C.) were hampered with foul trouble. Troutman played only six minutes before fouling out and Barnes fouled out with 4:30 remaining.
Williamson led the Highlanders with 15 points and Sarah Stephens had a game-high 14 rebounds.
Coastal now plays four of its last five games at Kimbel Arena, starting with a 7 p.m., tipoff against Winthrop University Saturday, Feb. 21.