Sunday, March 6, 2011

OT magic finally fails Radford in season finale

Gardner-Webb 79, Radford 67 (OT): Heading to overtime for the third time in four games was apparently once too often for the Highlanders, who were outscored 20-8 in the extra period in their regular-season finale. But credit the Highlanders for the dramatic way in which they forced extended time. Da'Naria Erwin Spencer's jumper with 16 seconds left tied the game at 57. After G-W re-took the lead with 7 seconds left, Victoria Hamilton scooped up a loose ball in the lane and flipped in the tying basket that was initially ruled no good, but reversed after a 5-minute officials review. Erwin Spencer led the Highlanders with 18 points, Denay Wood added 14 points and 13 rebounds - her second straight double-double - and Hamilton and Brooke McElroy each chipped in 10 points. How it's on to the Big South Tournament for the Highlanders, who despite Sunday's loss win a tiebreaker with Gardner-Webb and will be the No. 2 seed. Dominique Hudson scored 18 points to lead Gardner-Webb, who played yet again without Old Dominion transfer Sierra Little. Little, the team's leading rebounder, did not travel with G-W to its Feb. 12 at Liberty to deal with a "personal situation" according to a Runnin' Bulldogs assistant coach and has not played for the team since.

Seattle 87, Longwood 66: Another tough outing away from Farmville for the Lancers, who wind up their season with a 7-23 mark. Like last season, Longwood was competitive at home (6-7) but futile outside of its own gym (1-16, 1-14 in true away games, 0-2 in neutral games). Over the last two seasons, Longwood is 13-12 at home, 3-31 everywhere else. Freshman Bria White scored 18 points in Sunday's finale to lead Longwood, which went 6-17 under interim coach Bill Reinson.

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