BSC Tourney: G-W shocks Radford; Liberty survives

bsc-gwSeventh-seeded Gardner-Webb (15-16) used a barrage of three point baskets to build a lead to as many as 22 points Thursday in pulling the upset over second-seeded Radford (17-13), 70-56 in the quarterfinals of the VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Tournament. The Runnin’ Bulldogs held off a furious Highlander rally and sealed the game at the free throw line down the stretch.

Gardner-Webb scored 18 straight points from behind the three-point line over the final 8:23 of the first half to turn a 15-15 tie into a 33-19 halftime lead. The Runnin’ Bulldogs hit their first six attempts from behind the arc and were 6-7 in the half. Four different players hit treys for GWU, including the final one of the half by Jessica Heilig, who had 11 of her game-high 18 in the first 20 minutes. The Runnin’ Bulldogs hit 9-14 from deep in the game, while Radford was just 3-18.

* After trailing No. 8 seed UNC Asheville by 11 points during the first half of Thursday afternoon’s 2015 VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Women’s Basketball Championship quarterfinal matchup, No. 1 seed Liberty roared back to claim a hard-fought 59-51 victory.

The Bulldogs led 28-17 4:46 before halftime before Liberty’s duo of Emily Frazier and first team All-Big South post player Ashley Rininger helped the Lady Flames battle back. Frazier scored eight of her 11 points during the final 4:29 of the first half. Rininger then tallied 10 of her team-high 14 points and grabbed five of her 11 boards after halftime.

Liberty improves to 24-6 despite shooting just 32.3 percent (21-of-65) from the field and making a season-low one three-pointer. The Lady Flames have now won 12 straight games overall and improve to 7-0 all-time against the Bulldogs during the Big South Championship, after equaling their largest comeback win this season. With the victory, Liberty advances to the semifinal round for the 19th consecutive year. The Lady Flames will meet either No. 4 seed Winthrop or No. 5 seed Campbell Saturday at 6 p.m.

*  Fifth-seeded Campbell used a 15-0 second half run to knock off fourth-seeded and defending champion Winthrop, 65-52, Thursday afternoon at The HTC Center in the 2015 VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Conference Women’s Basketball Championship.

With the victory Campbell improves to 19-11 as it advances to the semifinals for the third straight year to take on top-seeded Liberty on Saturday, Mar. 7 at 6 p.m.

Photo courtesy of BSC

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