Highlanders down Eagles

RADFORD, Va. -- The Winthrop women's basketball winning streak came to an end at four games after falling on the road to Radford, 67-54, Saturday at the Dedmon Center.

After trailing by three at the half, Winthrop (19-10, 7-4 Big South) came out strong over the first 6:20 of the second half and led 41-39 after Tiffany Rodd connected on her only 3-pointer of the game.

The Eagles led 46-43 with just over 12 minutes to go in the game, but Corrie Fertitta hit a 3 to tie the game. Ashley Haugtvedt's layup made it a two-point lead for Winthrop again, but that would be the last Winthrop point over the next five-plus minutes. During that drought, the Highlanders built a 10-point lead and remained in control the rest of the way.

The Eagles' defense held Radford (21-9, 8-3) to just 30-percent shooting from the field in the second half, but lost the battle at the free throw line as the Highlanders were 18-for-21 in the second half alone. Winthrop was 1-for-4 from the free throw line in the second half and 5-for-10 in the game.

Winthrop trailed for most of the first half, but did briefly take the lead with 2:06 to go at 27-26 after a layup by Yvonne van Daalen. Radford answered immediately with a basket inside by Kelli Darden. That triggered a 7-0 run to put the Highlanders up 33-27.

Winthrop had the advantage on the boards 41-35, but for the first time this season it lost a game when winning the battle of the boards.

Fann led all scorers with 22 points and also recorded her fourth double-double of the season as she had 11 rebounds. She also added three blocks. Haugtvedt was the only other Eagle in double figures with 10 points and van Daalen added nine points and nine assists.

Winthrop wraps up the regular season on Wednesday when it hosts UNC Asheville at 7 p.m.