KENNESAW, Ga. – Late game free-throws propelled Kennesaw State over the Presbyterian College women’s basketball team, 49-47, Monday night at KSU Convocation Center. Last second shots by PC’s Rebecca Walker and Aianna Kelly fell short.
PC fell to 0-2 on the season, while the Owls went to 1-1 to start the season. Salina Virola (Huntsville, Ala,) led the Blue Hose with 12 points, on 4-of-9 shooting from the floor and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line, and added six rebounds. Kelly (Newport News, Va.) contributed 10 points, shooting 2-of-2 from distance, three rebounds and two assists.
The Blue Hose forced KSU into 21 turnovers and 35.6 percent (16-of-45) shooting from the field for the game.
Jasmine McAllister led the Owls, and all scorers, with 19 points and pulled down 15 rebounds. McAllister scored the Owls last five points on five free-throws with 2:25 remaining in the game. She converted on 10-of-14 free-throws and made all but one of Kennesaw State’s free-throws on the night.
Both teams traded buckets in the final one minute and 47 seconds of the third quarter. Kelly knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Blue Hose a lead before McAllister converted a lay-up to tie the game. Rebecca Walker made a lay-up to give PC the lead and Kelly Dulkoski connected on a three to give KSU a one-point lead. Kelly made a jumper before Dulkoski made another three to end the third period with a 34-32 lead.
The Blue Hose pulled within one three different times in the final period, but were unable to take the lead. Kelly converted on a lay-up with 44 seconds remaining to make it a one-point game, 48-47. McAllister converted one free-throw to extend the lead. Walker (Snellville, Ga.) took an open three from the left corner that hit the front rim with four seconds remaining. Kelly ripped down the offensive rebound and was unable to convert the lay-up as time ran out.
Presbyterian returns home to host Warren Wilson 5 p.m. Wednesday in its home opener.