GREENVILLE, N.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team got topped 84-57 by East Carolina on Friday at Minges Coliseum. Taylor Petty led the Blue Hose for the third time this season with 14 points.
The Blue Hose fell to 1-3 on the season, while the Pirates improved to 4-0 on the year. Jada Payne led all scorers with 26 points for the Pirates. Payne shot 11-of-12 from the floor including 2-of-2 from the 3-point line and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line.
Petty (Spartanburg, S.C.) got fouled on a missed a 3-pointer with the game tied at the 3:43 mark in the opening quarter. Petty went to the line and sank all three-free throws to give the Blue Hose a 12-9 lead, their only lead of the game. PC fell behind four, 19-15, after the first quarter.
The Pirates went on a 9-2 run to open the second quarter to extend their lead to 28-17. Salina Virola (Huntsville, Ala.) made two free-throws to cut the ECU lead to 12 with 2:49 left in the second quarter, the closest the second got.
ECU opened the second half with a press defense and went on a 10-1 run. Cortney Storey (Fayetteville, Tenn.) sank her first jumper of the game to score the Blue Hose first field goal of the second half. PC scored three-straight buckets before Payne sank two free-throws to end the third quarter.
The Blue Hose scored 17 points in the final period, the most of any quarter in the game.
Presbyterian returns to the road to play at Vanderbilt on Monday at 11:30 a.m.