CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team took a 47-44 lead in to the fourth quarter but a 23-6 run by Charlotte in the final period helped it withstand a late 12-0 run by PC, as the 49ers held on for the 71-63 victory in Charlotte on Sunday afternoon. The Blue Hose are still searching for its first win with a 0-4 record, while Charlotte improves to a 3-1 on the season.
Player of the Game
Salina Virola tied her career-high with 20 points and added eight rebounds to lead the Blue Hose on Sunday, as she came up just shy of her second career double-double. She helped PC take a second-half lead by scoring 18 of her 20 in the final two quarters, going 7-of-14 from the field with three three-pointers.
The 20 points are the most by a PC player this season and the first 20-point game by a PC player since February 1 last season when Taylor Petty scored 26 points against Longwood at home. Virola is the first PC player to score 20 points in a road game since January 19 last year when she also scored 20 at Campbell in her only other game with at least 20 points.
Stat of the Game
PC forced 14 Charlotte turnovers in the game, while committing just five turnovers itself. The five turnovers are the fewest by PC since January 9 last season when PC also turned it over just five times against Liberty. The +9 turnover margin is PC’s best since March 1, 2016 when the Blue Hose recorded a +10 turnover margin against Radford.
How It Happened
Charlotte got going quickly in the opening quarter, getting out to an 11-2 lead three minutes in to the game. The 49ers pushed the lead as high as 11 in the first but PC got a layup from Cortney Storey and a three-pointer from Taylor Petty late in the period to cut the lead to eight points at 23-15.
PC was able to immediately cut the lead to one possession in the second quarter with a three-pointer and a layup from Storey, making it a 23-20 score. Charlotte extended the lead to eight points with 2:40 left in the opening half but once again, PC was able to cut in to it, as the teams traded threes before Storey scored on a layup with 50 seconds left to put the halftime score at 33-27.
The Blue Hose came out hot in the third quarter, scoring the first six points of the period to tie the game at 33 points apiece. The 49ers pulled back in front with a layup but Salina Virola gave PC its first lead with a layup and one to put the Blue Hose ahead, 36-35. Charlotte responded with a 7-0 run to get the lead back to six points at 42-36, but PC answered with an 11-2 run to close out the quarter and take a 47-44 lead in to the fourth.
The fourth quarter proved to be all Charlotte in large, as the 49ers outscored the Blue Hose, 23-6, over the first 7:30 of the final quarter. PC wouldn’t go without a fight, though, putting together a 12-0 run thanks to a pair of threes from Janie Miles to go with threes from Virola and Kacie Hall, making it a four-point game at 67-63 with 31 seconds left. Charlotte made four free throws down the stretch to close it out and earn the 71-63 victory.
- Janie Miles once again scored in double-figures for the fifth straight game, dating to last season, connecting on 5-of-8 shots for 12 points to go with four rebounds and two assists. Miles is PC’s leading scorer on the year, averaging 12.3 points per game. The streak of five straight games with at least 10 points is the longest of her career.
- Cortney Storey scored a season-high 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field to reach double-figures for the first time this season. Storey got 11 of her 13 in the opening half, which included a stellar second-quarter that saw her go 4-for-4 with a three-pointer for nine points.
- As a team, PC shot a season-high 38.8 percent (26-of-67) from field, including connecting on a season-high 10 three-pointers. The Blue Hose also tallied a season-high 15 assists and have now totaled 25 over their last two games. Kaycie Reffner led the way with five assists, one shy of her career high, while Kacie Hall recorded a career-best four assists in her fourth game at PC.
PC heads out of the country to play in the Puerto Rico Shootout next week. The Blue Hose will face Texas Southern on Friday, November 25 at 5 p.m. in their lone action in San Juan, Puerto Rico.