Johnson City, Tenn. (Nov. 28, 2001) - East Tennessee State freshman guard Ashley Reed (Barrackville, W.Va.) scored 18 of her career-high 21 points in the second half, leading the Lady Bucs to a 90-78 victory over the Radford Highlanders, Wednesday night from Memorial Center in Johnson City.
Radford led 42-39 after a solid first half by both teams. Radford shot 49 percent from the field, while the Lady Bucs shot 46 percent. The teams took care of the ball well, with ETSU committing four turnovers and the Highlanders turning the ball over just five times. Radford junior guard Kylie Williamson scored 11 points on 4-8 shooting in the first half.
The Lady Bucs came out on fire in the second half. ETSU shot 57 percent (17-30) from the floor as they outscored Radford 51-36 in the second stanza. The Lady Bucs also turned up the heat on defense, holding the Highlanders to just 32 percent (14-44) shooting in the second half.
Reed had the best game of her young ETSU career, leading the team with 21 points and six assists coming off the bench. Reed did not miss a shot from the floor in the second half, connecting on 4-4 of her shots. She also hit 8-10 free throws, all in the second half.
"When we recruited Ashley, we knew that she could come in and contribute immediately," said ETSU head coach Karen Kemp. "For her to step up as a freshman at a crucial time was big for us."
ETSU had four other players score in double digits. Senior forward Megan Jackson (Paris, Tenn.) scored 16 points on 7-11 shooting. Senior guard Erin Thurman (Hixson, Tenn.) scored 13 points on the night, 11 in the second half. Junior forward Misty Copas (Kingsport, Tenn.) continued her hot shooting of late, scoring 11 points on 5-8 shooting. Freshman guard Summer Jones (Virgie, Ky.) came out of the gates hot, scoring nine of her 11 points in the first half. Sophomore forward Lauren Trantham (Asheville, N.C.) had a career-high 15 rebounds, 11 in the second half.
Radford was led by sophomore forward Amanda Neby, who had a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds, both career-highs. Williamson ended the night with 22 points and a career-high six three pointers.
With the win, the Lady Bucs are now 1-0 this season when scoring 80-or more points. Over the last four seasons, ETSU is 21-1 when reaching the 80-point plateau.
Radford will return to action on Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. as they travel to Birmingham Southern. ETSU's next game will be their Southern Conference opener, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at Wofford.
"We kept our composure tonight, we did not make any young mistakes," said coach Kemp. "This was a good game for us to get ready for Wofford."