RADFORD, Va. — Winthrop went on a 17-2 run to open the second half and coasted to a 68-56 Big South Conference win over Radford on Thursday night at the Dedmon Center.
The win kept Winthrop in a tie for first place in the Big South as the Eagles improve to 5-1 in league play and 11-4 overall. Radford remains winless in the conference as the Highlanders fall to 0-7 and are now 2-14 overall. Winthrop has now won four straight over Radford and eight of its last 11 meetings, but RU still owns a commanding 53-14 lead in the all-time series.
Freshman Erica Williams overcame an illness during the game to score a game-high 16 points on 7 of 12 shooting from the floor while Pamela Decheva scored a career-high 14 and senior point guard Dequesha McClanahan recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds to go along with five assists. Tiffany Charles again gave Winthrop a spark both offensively and defensively when she came off the bench to score seven points and make two steals.
Winthrop looked as if it was going to take charge of this game early as it jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead in just over two minutes as Decheva scored the first five, but Radford then went on a 10-0 run to lead 10-6 after Ayana Avery’s drive to the basket with 14:16 left in the first half. Avery scored all eight of her points in the game during that three-minute stretch.
The Eagles reclaimed the lead at 16-14 on a baseline jumper by Williams and Winthrop never trailed again, although Radford did tie the game four more times before the two teams went to intermission knotted at 28-28.