Winthrop women’s basketball returns to action after a week off when they host Radford in a Big South Conference game at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Winthrop Coliseum.
The Eagles come into the game riding a season-best five-game winning streak and lead the conference by a half game over High Point. Winthrop is 12-3 in the league, 18-6 overall and ranked No. 22 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 Poll. Radford has won its past two games over Gardner-Webb and UNC Asheville and brings a 7-18, 5-11 slate .
Winthrop won the first meeting this season against Radford by claiming a 68-56 victory without the services of Schaquilla Nunn, who was out with a sore knee.
Radford dominated the series until the past six years and still holds a 53-14 lead over Winthrop. The Eagles, however, have turned the tables in recent years, winning 8 of the past 11 and five of the past six. That one loss came in the 2012 Big South tournament.
Three Winthrop players are closing in on career milestones.
Dequesha McClanahan is 51 points shy of becoming the all-time leading scorer in Big South Conference history. She has 2,104 points to rank second behind former Liberty standout Elena Kisseleva’s 2,154 points. McClanahan also passed 600 career rebounds in her last game against UNC Asheville, and is seven assists shy of reaching 700 for her career. She is the first player in Big South history to have more than 2,000 points, 600 rebounds, 600 assists and 250 steals.
Nunn, who has 13 double-doubles on the season and 27 in her career, passed the 500-rebound total in the Asheville game and is seven points away from scoring 500 points. The sophomore is playing in her 50th game on Saturday.
Junior forward Taylor Calvert, who has 10 games with double-digit rebounds this season, needs 24 more boards to reach 600 for her career.
Freshman Erica Williams, who has received six Big South Freshman of the Week honors, needs to gain that honor one more time to equal the most in Big South history. Former High Point center Cheyenne Parker holds that distinction with seven Freshman of the Week awards in 2010-11.