Friday, January 1, 2010

Friday dribble: Radford's near-miss

Only one New Year's Eve tilt was on the books so we got a little lazy and didn't get around to it until this morning (Then again, I bet you weren't spending a whole bunch of time on the computer last night, either). Anyway, even though it's late we didn't want to overlook an encouraging effort from down-on-its-luck Radford.

Marshall 70, Radford 66: No victory - again - but lots of positives for the Highlanders (1-10), including a season-high for points against a Division I team, a rare second-half lead (58-56 with less than seven minutes to go), a career high-tying 23 points from Kymesha Alston and the continued emergence of freshman Ashley Buckhannon (15 points), who is averaging 5.0 points on the season but 15.5 ppg in her last two games. Buckhannon's play has lessened the sting of the loss of junior forward Brooke McElroy, who hasn't played the last two games and is ineligible the rest of the season. McElroy was the team's top rebounder (6.0 rpg) and second-leading scorer (7.3 ppg) through nine games. Still, the fact that the Highlanders produced one of their most competitive efforts this deep into a rocky season suggests that the dismal early results and McElroy's departure haven't beaten this group down.

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