RADFORD, Va. -- Tiffany Rodd scored 18 points and Winthrop shot 56 percent as a team en route to a 63-49 victory over Radford on Saturday for its fifth straight win.
After the Lady Eagles jumped out to a quick 18-point lead in the second half, Radford worked its way back within 12 points, at 48-36, with 12:09 to go on a Taleia Moton basket inside. Winthrop responded with a 9-0 run and within minutes grabbed its largest lead at 21 points. It was just the third ever win for the Lady Eagles at the Dedmon Center.
"We didn't play the game we wanted to in the finishing 10 minutes, but to that point I felt we played really good," Winthrop coach Bud Childers said. "We were able to make adjustments on the court and we were making the open shots. It was a good solid game."
Winthrop (12-11, 6-4 Big South) opened up the game on a 9-0 run behind two Shanice Cole baskets inside. The Lady Eagles' defense was tough again as it held Radford under 10 points for the first 12 minutes. It is the third straight game in which Winthrop has allowed opponents fewer than 10 points in the first half.
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Radford (6-15, 5-5) ended the scoreless drought with a three-point play to make it 9-3 and the lead was down to four after a Kahealani Vick putback. Kathi Ryska answered with a 3-pointer from the wing and that was followed by a deep 3 from Jessica Fansler and the lead was up to 12. Rodd hit a 3 with 6:10 to go in the first half that put Winthrop in front 28-13.
The first half ended with a bit of excitement as Fansler hit a long jumper that bounced a few times on the rim and fell through that put Winthrop up 13 at the break.
Rodd has been hot in the last four games as she's averaging 15.8 points while shooting 50 percent from the field and 52 percent from behind the arc. She was 7-for-11 from the field against and hit 4 of 7 shots from long range. She is nearing the BSC record for most 3-pointers in a career as she now needs three to become the all-time leader. Nikki Reddick currently holds the record at 239. Rodd has hit 16 3-pointers in the last four games.
"We just came out knowing what they were going to do and we made sure we followed the game plan," said Rodd. "Coach told us they are going to make runs on us, but we handled it pretty good."
In response to closing in on the 3-point record, Rodd said she's really not concentrating too much on it and that her teammates are helping out a lot.
The victory puts the Lady Eagles all alone in third place in the conference standings, just one game back of High Point.
Defensively, Winthrop held Radford to just 33 percent shooting in the game. Moton came into the game averaging more than 20 points a game at home and shooting 50 percent, but finished with just 11 points on 4-for-21 shooting. Kymesha Alston finished with 18 points to lead the Highlanders, and also added eight rebounds.
Ashley Haugtvedt had a good night, finishing with 14 points, four rebounds and three blocks. Ashley Fann came off the bench for eight points and eight rebounds. Fansler finished 4-for-6 from the field with nine points.
Winthrop will remain in Virginia as it heads east to Lynchburg to take on league-leading Liberty at 7 p.m. on Monday.