LYNCHBURG, Va. – Top-seeded Radford knocked down four late free throws to top No. 8 seed Gardner-Webb, 54-41, Friday afternoon in the Big South Women's Basketball Championship quarterfinals.
Gardner-Webb (12-19) held a one-point lead with 2:32 left in the game, but a layup by Jayda Worthy and four made three throws in the final minute propelled Radford (23-7) to the win.
The Runnin' Bulldogs shot just under 30 percent for the game, while the Highlanders shot at a 33 percent clip.
Radford had three scorers reach double figures, lead by Janayla White with 12 points on 3-of-8 shooting.
The opening period got off to a slow start offensively for both teams, as neither team made a field goal until White scored a layup with 6:26 on the clock to give Radford an early 3-1 lead.
The Runnin' Bulldogs made their first basket of the afternoon with 3:38 remaining as Huntsman knocked down a deep three pointer to give the Runnin' Bulldogs a 6-5 lead.
Huntsman would go on to score 10 points in the opening quarter to give Gardner-Webb a 12-11 lead at the end of the period.
Gardner-Webb would stop the run with two consecutive three pointers to pull within three points at 21-18 with 5:01 remaining, but Radford would push its advantage back up to eight points with 3:43 left in the half.
GWU would respond with a quick 5-0 run to pull within three points at 26-23 with 45 seconds on the clock, capped by a three-point basket by Kiera Currie.
The two teams would trade baskets over the final seconds of the period, with a last second basket by Huntsman setting the score at 28-25 in Radford's favor at the half.
Radford opened the third period with a 9-0 run to swell it lead to 12 points at 37-25 with 4:54 remaining. Gardner-Webb would score its first points on the half with 3:49 on the clock as Ky'Asia Stanford would knock down a pair of free throws to set the score at 37-27.
The Highlanders would push their lead to 13 points at 42-29 with 2:56 left in the period, yet the Gardner-Webb offensive would come alive, going on a 11-0 run to close out the frame to pull within two points, 42-40.
Huntsman would score the first points on the final period, driving to the basket to tie the contest at 42-42 with 9:25 on the clock.
Radford would end their scoring drought with 6:26 remaining as White would convert a pair of free throws to give the Highlanders a two point advantage, but Hill would down a mid-range jumper to tie the game once again at 44-44 with 5:45 on the clock.
Gardner-Webb would take its first lead since the end of the first period with 3:55 remaining after a layup by Carley Plentovich. Radford would tie the game on its following possession, but Currie would knock down a corner three on the next trip down the court to give GWU a three-point lead with 2:59 to go.
Radford would then score six unanswered points to take a three-point lead with 1:06 remaining after a pair of free throws by Khiana Johnson.
A layup with 44 seconds to go by Celia Tibbs trimmed GWU's deficit to one point, but Claudia Quevedo would covert a pair of free throws to give Radford a 54-51 lead with five seconds left.
Gardner-Webb attempted to tie the game in the last seconds, but a deep three pointer by Huntsman was off the mark.
Radford advances to play the winner of the No. 4 Liberty/No. 5 Charleston Southern matchup in the semifinals at 2:00 pm on Saturday.