FARMVILLE, VA. – The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team fought back from a seven-point Longwood lead late in the fourth quarter to earn a 63-62 comeback win over the Lancers Saturday afternoon at Willett Hall. PC concludes the regular season with a 12-17 record, including 10-8 in Big South play. The Lancers fall to 4-25, 1-17.
Players of the Game
Cortney Storey finished with 22 points and 9 assists to lead the Blue Hose in both categories. The junior guard shot 7-of-13 from the field, including 1-for-5 from beyond the arc, and converted 7-of-8 free-throws. She grabbed a pair of rebounds and added a steal.
Longwood was led by Eboni Gilliam’s 23 points. The senior forward went 8-for-13 from the floor, 1-for-1 from deep, and 6-for-7 from the charity stripe. She added seven boards and an assist.
Stat of the Game
Both teams made 21 field goals and nine three-pointers. While Longwood made two more trips to the line, PC was more effective. The Blue Hose converted 12-of-15 (80.0 percent) from the charity stripe while the Lancers shot 11-for-17 (64.7 percent).
How It Happened
Kaycie Reffner knocked down a three-pointer from the left side to open the scoring, but Kate Spradlin answered in kind. The teams traded another pair of deep balls before Storey got her bucket to count and made the ensuing free-throw. Longwood tied the score again, though, as Brenna Robbins got a three to fall from the left. The Lancers grabbed their first lead 11-9 on a Gilliam jumper with 4:10 to play in the first quarter. The teams went back and forth before Janie Miles hit a three from the left corner to make it 15-13 with 2:48 on the clock. Storey followed as she converted a pair of charity shots. Micaela Ellis went 1-for-2 from the line to conclude the first 10 minutes of action.
Miles scored a floater in the lane to start the second quarter. Ciarah Bennett went 2-for-2 from the line and Jada Russell followed with a three-pointer from the top of the key to knot the game at 19-19 with 7:59 to play in the half. Russell hit another long-range shot, this time from the right corner, before Storey halted the 8-0 run with a trifecta of her own. The junior guard added a layup to give PC a 26-22 lead at the 4:27 media timeout. Gilliam earned three points the old-fashioned way and then made a bucket down low to put Longwood back on top 27-26 with 3:31 remaining. Bennett added a layup for the 7-0 Lancer run, but Reffner connected from beyond the arc for yet another tie (29-29, 2:19). After both teams shot 1-for-2 at the free-throw line, Storey earned a trip to charity stripe and made both of her shots. Ellis beat the buzzer with a three-pointer from the left corner, though, and Longwood took a 33-22 lead into the locker rooms.
PC shot 10-for-21 (47.6 percent) from the field, 6-for-13 (46.2 percent) from beyond the arc, and 6-of-7 (85.7 percent) from the free-throw line in the first half. The Blue Hose out-rebounded the hosts (15-13), but the Lancers held the edge in points in the paint (10-8), points off turnovers (11-6), second-chance points (3-2), and bench points (11-4).
In the third quarter, Rebecca Walker put PC back in control 35-33 with a three-pointer from the right corner. Longwood would even the score at 35-35 on a pair of Gilliam free-throws. The hosts then took the lead as Bennett found Gilliam open underneath for the basket. Storey made it 37-37 with a 19-foot jumper, and Ericka Blackwell-Boyden followed with a layup for a 39-37 PC lead at the 4:57 mark. After the Lancers tied the game for the 10th time, Blackwell-Boyden got to the line and shot 2-for-2. Spradlin knocked down a three-pointer to give Longwood a 42-21 advantage, but Blackwell-Boyden put up another 2-for-2 effort from the charity stripe. The Lancers would not go away, though, as Spradlin hit another deep ball and Bennett scored a jumper to make it 47-43 with :51 left in the third. Bennett beat the buzzer with another jumper as Longwood used a 7-0 run to take a 49-43 lead heading into the final quarter.
Neither team scored in the fourth until Miles was fouled on her made basket at the 7:42 mark. The teams traded makes before Khaila Hall knocked down a trifecta from the left side. Miles answered with a three-pointer of her own as PC trailed 54-50 with 4:54 left in the game. Gilliam then scored a layup before the Lancers called a 30-second timeout at the 3:23 mark. Robbins banked a long jumper off the glass before Storey was fouled on her drive to the basket. She converted her charity attempt to complete the old-fashioned three. Gilliam shot 2-for-2 from the line to put the hosts up 60-53, but Reffner connected from distance. After a Gilliam free-throw, Storey found Walker underneath for an uncontested bucket. Ellis went 1-for-2 at the line and Walker followed with a 15-foot jumper from the right side to get PC to within 62-20 at the 1:07 mark. After the Blue Hose called a timeout, Bennett earned a trip to the line, but went 0-for-2. PC took advantage and Storey tied the game at 62-62 with a layup. Longwood got a look at a game-winning shot but missed, and PC used a timeout to advance the ball up court with 2.6 seconds remaining. Storey took the in-bounds pass and was fouled as she drove to the basket. After the junior guard made 1-of-2, the Lancers advanced the ball with 0.5 second left but could not the shot off.
- Miles followed Storey in scoring with 10 points. Walker and Reffner both contributed nine points. Miles shot 4-for-10 from the field, including 2-for-7 from beyond the arc, and totaled two rebounds, a block, and two steals. Walker went 4-for-8, including 1-for-3 from long range, with six rebounds and two blocks. Reffner made 3-of-8 from the floor, including 3-for-6 from distance. She pulled down one board and tied her career-high with four steals.
- PC shot 21-of-49 (42.9 percent) from the field, 9-of-28 (32.1 percent) from beyond the arc, and 12-of-15 (80.0 percent) from the free-throw line.
- The Blue Hose held the advantage in second-chance points (8-3) and fast-break points (4-2). The game featured 12 ties and 16 lead changes, both season highs.
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