RADFORD, Va. – The Radford women’s basketball program continues their three-game road trip this Sunday, December 18th at Furman. Sunday’s game will be the second meeting over the last two seasons between these two squads.
SETTING THE STAGE
Opponent: Furman (SoCon)
Date/Time: Sunday, December 18th at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Timmons Arena (Greenville, S.C.)
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This will be the second-ever meeting between the Highlanders and Paladins. The last meeting came in the 2021-22 season inside the Dedmon Center. Radford played one of its best games of the season in that match-up winning 73-61. Bryonna McClean led the team with 13 points while Rachel LaLonde led the team on the boards with 10 rebounds. Current team members LaLonde, Jackie Christ and Carmen Williams all combined for 24 points as well.
SCOUTING THE PALADINS
Furman comes into this season’s match-up with an even 6-6 record but has seen much more success on the home court with a 4-2 record in the Timmons Arena. Furman has faced four Big South members this season and posted a 3-1 record in those meetings with wins over Presbyterian, UNC Asheville and Charleston Southern.
On the scoring front Furman is led by the new and the experienced. Redshirt Freshman Jaelyn Acker leads the team with 14.4 ppg but graduate student Grace van Rij isn’t far behind averaging 13.1 ppg. Sophomore Jada Session has started in all 12 games for Furman this season and has averaged 8.0 rpg and needs just four more rebounds to hit 100 for the season.
BLAKE FLOURISHES IN NEW ROLE
Sophomore Vanessa Blake got her first start of the season, and second of her career, in Thursday night’s dominant victory over Queens. Blake saw 23 minutes of action in total and used a hot start to score a tied for the team-high 12 points on the night. Blake was dominant on the offensive boards as well, pulling down a team-high four offensive rebounds and finishing with six total rebounds.
FRESHMEN COMING UP BIG
In that Thursday night win the Highlanders got a boost of offense from three of their freshmen on the roster. Ashlyn Traylor was as advertised picking up her eighth game with double-digit points this season. Olivia Wagner picked up three steals and scored four early points for Radford. Maci Rhoades came off the bench for Radford and was excellent creating three steals and scoring eight points thanks to a duo of three-pointers.
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