HIGH POINT, N.C. – The High Point University women’s basketball team heads to Radford on Tuesday night for a 7 p.m. showdown.
The Panthers (6-12, 5-4) came up one basket shy of a four-game winning streak against UNC Asheville on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Highlanders (10-8, 6-3) suffered a four-point loss to Gardner-Webb to snap their own five-game streak.
Last Time Out
• The Panthers led by as many as five points in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t hold on as UNC Asheville pulled out a thrilling 82-81 victory in the Millis Center on Saturday.
• HPU’s offense had its second-most prolific outing of the year scoring 81 points with five players scoring in double digits.
• Junior Kaylah Keys anchored the offense with 21 points, five assists and two steals.
• Sophomore Kat Harris registered a career-high 18 points including a clutch three-point play to knot the score with 13 seconds left.
• Freshman Haleigh Hatfield tallied her second double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
• Freshmen Emma Bockrath (13 points and seven rebounds) and Lindsey Edwards (10 points and seven rebounds) rounded out the double-figure scorers.
• Freshman Haleigh Hatfield posted 15.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per contest this week. She posted a career-high 20 points at Winthrop and followed that up with her second double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds against UNC Asheville.
• HPU’s seven freshmen are logging 64 percent of the team’s minutes and are scoring 57 percent of HPU points and grabbing 61 percent of the squads steals this season.
• Lindsey Edwards (8.9 ppg) and Emma Bockrath (8.8 ppg) are second and third respectively among Big South freshmen scoring leaders.
• Edwards is shooting .477 from the floor, which is the best mark in the conference, while Hatfield is second among league freshmen with 5.2 rebounds per contest.
• Keys is fourth on HPU’s Division I scoring list with 1,286 points in just two-plus seasons after passing Stacia Robertson on Saturday.
Scouting the Highlanders
• The 71-66 loss to High Point on Dec. 5 sent Radford on 2-5 skid. However, the squad bounced back to win its next five games before falling 54-50 at Gardner-Webb on Saturday.
• Senior Aisha Foy is the key to the offense scoring 13.6 points per game while hitting nearly half of the team’s three-pointers on the year.
• Radford boasts one of the most formidable frontcourts in the conference led by sophomore Janayla White the conference’s leading rebounder (9.8 per game).
• Freshman Lydia Rivers and sophomore Jayda Worthy combine with White to post 26.3 points, 24.9 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per contest.
• The Highlanders specialize in defense and rebounding. The squad leads the league in field goal defense (.336), rebounding (43.3 per game), rebounding margin (10.2) and blocks (5.3 per game).
• Senior Gaby Gilmore is posting 13.9 points per game over the team’s last eight contests despite failing to score on Saturday.
All-Time Series with Radford
• HPU leads the series 25-16 and have won seven of the last 10 contests.
Last Time They Met
• Radford is the first repeat opponent of the year for the Panthers after HPU earned a 71-66 win over the Highlanders on Dec. 5 behind four double-figure scorers.
The Purple & White head to Liberty for a rematch of the 2015 Big South Championship game on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.