CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team fell to Belmont 83-58 on Thursday afternoon at the Templeton Center in Clinton, S.C. With the loss, the Blue Hose fall to 2-8 on the season, while the Bruins improve to 8-5.

Players of the Game

The Blue Hose were led by Taylor Petty’s 10 points, three boards, and two assists. The guard was 4-of-7 from the field and made both of her free-throw attempts. She also added a block and a steal on defense.

Kylee Smith tallied 20 points, six assists, and two rebounds to lead the Bruins. The forward went 7-of-14 from the field, was 3-for-5 from beyond the arc, and 3-for-3 from the charity stripe.

Stat of the Game

The Blue Hose did not miss a free throw until late in the fourth quarter, making 19-of-20 shots from the charity stripe.

How It Happened

Belmont got out to a fast start, claiming a17-9 lead after the opening quarter. The Bruins used a 15-2 run over a six-minute stretch to push the advantage to 15-5 with just under two minutes to play in the first period. The two then traded a pair of free throws, before Salina Virola made a layup with 1:08 left in the quarter to cut the lead to eight points at the end of the first 10 minutes.

The Bruins started hot in the second quarter, going on a 14-2 run early to push its advantage to 18 points with 5:45 left in the first half. PC responded with a 9-2 run, thanks to five points from Aianna Kelly and four from Cortney Storey, to make it an 11-point game at 33-22. The two would trade baskets the rest of the way, as Belmont finished off the half with a pair of free throws to make it 39-28.

Belmont was largely in control in the third quarter, opening the frame with a 14-2 run over the first four minutes to extend its lead to 19 at the time. PC got a pair of free throws and a layup from Storey midway through the quarter to keep the lead there but the Bruins’ offense continued to click, as they finished the quarter on a 10-2 run to make it 65-38.

PC outscored the visitors in the final quarter, but could not cut into the Bruin’s lead. A layup by Kelly at the 8:20 mark cut the score to 68-44, but that was the closest the Blue Hose would get. Belmont followed the layup with a 6-0 run and pushed its lead to 79-49 with 5:31 remaining. PC rounded out the scoring with a couple of quick baskets by Kaycie Reffner and Petty.

Notables

- The Blue Hose had three players reach double-digit scoring as Storey, Petty, and Allie Wagner each netted 10 points.

-Storey has recorded double-digit scoring in six of the last seven games. Her outing against Belmont pushed her over the 600 career points mark and moves her up to eighth on PC’s career scoring list.

- Wagner scored her first points of the year in her second action of the season. She also added a pair of rebounds and a blocked shot.

Up Next

Presbyterian returns from the holiday break with a 2 p.m. ET home contest against Chattanooga on Friday, December 30.