Bowns' game-winner rims out as Highlanders edge Camels 49-48

Caroline Bowns (Will Bratton photo)
Caroline Bowns (Will Bratton photo)

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RADFORD, Va. --- In a matchup between the top two teams in the Big South Conference, Radford earned a narrow 49-48 victory over Campbell Monday night after Caroline Bowns' last second shot rimmed out at the buzzer.

With the win, the Highlanders (22-6, 14-3) clinched a share of the Big South regular season title and the number one seed in the upcoming conference tournament. By virtue of Liberty's loss to UNC Asheville Monday, the Camels (21-7, 13-4) will be seeded second in the Big South Championship.

The Camels trailed by as many as 14 late in the third period. Campbell used a 7-0 run to draw back within three of the lead with 2:57 left to play. Janayla White put Radford ahead 49-45 on a free throw with 59 seconds left. Summer Price answered on the other end with a clutch three pointer to cut the deficit to 49-48 with 47 seconds remaining.

Campbell forced a turnover on the ensuing Highlander possession. However, CU didn't have a timeout and was forced set up the attempt at the game-winner with the clock running.

Tough Highlander defense forced Bowns' into the far corner with just a few ticks reaming. Bowns was able to escape the pressure and put up a floater as time expired. However, the shot went halfway down before coming back out as Radford hung on for the win.

Price led all scorers with 17 points while Hannah Long registered a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. It was her second in the last three games. MaKala Rouse finished with five points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Price's first three of the game gave the Camels an early 7-4 lead, but the score was tied at 9-9 with 1:55 left in the first after a pair of free throws from Rouse. Those two shots kicked off a 7-0 run to end the opening period and gave the Camels a 14-9 lead at the first intermission.

The Camel advantage was still five after a layup from Long with 4:48 left in the second period. However, Destinee Walker hit a triple to knot the game at 22-22 with 1:34 to play before the break. Jayda Worthy's late three broke a 24-24 tie and sent the Highlanders to the break with a 27-24 lead.

Radford outscored Campbell 13-5 in the third period. It was a 6-0 run that gave the Highlanders their first double-digit lead of the contest at 37-26 with 2:35 on the clock. A Price three broke a seven-minute scoring drought for the Camels at the 1:12 mark of the third before RU took a 40-29 advantage to the fourth.

White and Worthy each registered double-doubles for Radford with 14 and 11 points respectively while both had 10 rebounds. Walker had a team-high 15 points.

The Camels will return to action on Saturday on the road when they wrap-up the 2016-17 regular season at Liberty.