LYNCHBURG, VA. – The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team fell on the road to Liberty 68-60 on Tuesday evening at the Vines Center in Lynchburg, Va. The Blue Hose fall to 4-10 on the season and 2-1 in the Big South, while the Flames improve to 4-10, 3-0.
Players of the Game
The Blue Hose were led by Taylor Petty, who shot 3-for-10 from beyond the arc and a perfect 5-for-5 from the free-throw line to finish with 16 points. The sophomore guard added three rebounds and a pair of steals in the loss.
Iva Ilic scored 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field to pace the Flames. She made 4-of-6 from deep and pulled down three boards with two assists.
Stat of the Game
PC scored 23 points in the opening quarter, tying for the team’s third-most productive quarter on the season. Petty netted 12 of her points to pace the Blue Hose in the first 10 minutes of action.
How It Happened
Kacie Hall opened the scoring with a layup, but Liberty used a 5-0 run to go ahead early. The Flames pushed their lead to 8-4 before Hall connected from beyond the arc, but the hosts would answer with a deep ball of their own. Petty evened things up at 11-11 with a three-pointer at the 4:49 mark. Petty followed with another three-pointer to put PC in control 16-14, but again Liberty responded with a three. PC took over with a 5-0 run and ended the opening quarter ahead by 23-21.
The teams went back-and-forth early in the second, with ties at 23-23 and 27-27 before the Flames pushed their lead to 37-28 courtesy of a 6-0 run. Petty ended the drought with a tip-in and a pair of charity shots, but Liberty continued to apply pressure and took a 42-35 lead into the locker rooms.
PC was held scoreless for nearly three minutes in the third, and the Flames used a 6-0 run to distance themselves 49-38. Liberty would go on a drought of its own, though, as the Blue Hose held the Flames scoreless for the final 4:40 of the quarter. PC scored seven unanswered to trail 51-47 heading into the final quarter.
Liberty opened the fourth with a pair of buckets to go up 54-47. PC then got back-to-back layups from Hall and Storey to trail 55-53 with 6:14 to play. Storey’s layup at the 5:32 mark made it a 57-55 Flames lead, but the hosts used an 8-0 run, highlighted by an Ilic three-pointer, to help put the game away.
- The Blue Hose had three players reach double-digit scoring as Storey and Miles each contributed 11 points.
- Erica Blackwell-Boyden scored the first points of her career with a layup early in the second quarter. The red-shirt freshman also had a rebound and recorded her first career steal.
- Hall also had a career first, picking up a block midway through the second quarter.
- PC shot 38.5 percent (20-of-52) from the field, 21.7 percent (5-of-23) from beyond the arc, and 71.4 percent (15-21) from the free-throw line.
- PC led in points off turnovers (20-13) and fast-break points (7-6). The game featured four ties and nine lead changes.
Presbyterian returns home on Saturday, January 14 as the Blue Hose host the Campbell Camels for a 2 p.m. ET Big South game at the Templeton Center.