GREENVILLE, N.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team held East Carolina to just 54 points on Monday night, nearly 20 points below its season average, but it was not enough as the Pirates defeated PC, 54-46, in Greenville, N.C. The Blue Hose are still looking for their first win at 0-6, while ECU improved to 6-2 on the year.
Player of the Game
Janie Miles totaled a team-high 15 points and a career-high 11 rebounds to go with four assists in the loss. It was the first double-double of her career and the first by a PC player since February 1, 2016 when Aianna Kelly had 10 points and 11 rebounds against Longwood. Miles is one of just four current players to record a double-double. She is the first player to lead PC in points, rebounds and assists in a single game since Kelly led PC with 14 points, six rebounds and two assists against Vanderbilt last season.
Stat of the Game
PC held ECU to 54 points on the night after the Pirates came in averaging 73.7 points per game. The Blue Hose forced 19 turnovers on the night, second-highest total of the season, while recording a season-high 12 steals. PC has now forced 42 turnovers over its last two contests.
How It Happened
The Blue Hose claimed a 14-13 first quarter lead in a very evenly matched opening period. The two worked the game to a 9-9 tie at the 2:12 mark, before a jumper put the Pirates in front by two. PC responded with a three-pointer from Janie Miles and layup from Salina Virola to make it a three-point game before a late ECU layup made it a one-point game at the first break.
In the second quarter, PC maintained the lead, pushing it to four points midway through the period on a three-pointer by Miles. ECU tied the game at 22 with 1:29 left but a quick 5-0 run by the Blue Hose gave them their largest lead of the half at 27-22. A late basket by East Carolina with three seconds left made the halftime score, 27-24. Miles led PC with nine points in the first half, as it hit six threes in the first 20 minutes.
The third quarter would swing in favor of the Pirates, as ECU used a 9-0 run to take an eight-point lead with 3:07 left in the period. Kacie Hall made back-to-back layups to cut it as close as four but a layup from Kristen Gaffney pushed it to six points at 41-35 to end the third quarter. Gaffney totaled 10 points in the third quarter alone, as she finished with a game-high 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting to lead ECU.
PC was unable to get anything going offensively in the final quarter to cut in to the Pirates lead, connecting on 2-of-13 shots, including 1-of-8 from behind the arc. ECU held on to the lead by making 7-of-11 free throws for the game, all coming in the final quarter of play. PC cut the lead to four points early but would get no closer as East Carolina went on for the 54-46 victory.
- Kacie Hall totaled the double-digit scoring effort of her freshman campaign with 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting from the field and a 2-for-3 night at the charity stripe. She added three assists and a steal in a career-high 33 minutes in her sixth game at the collegiate level.
- Riley Hemm scored the first points of her collegiate career, recording five points on 2-of-5 shooting to go along with three rebounds, the first of her career, in seven minutes of action.
- Salina Virola made her second straight start and totaled nine points and six rebounds as PC’s only post option. She and Miles played all 40 minutes in the game.
PC’s seven-game road trip rolls on with stop number five, a matchup with Gonzaga on Saturday, December 3, at 5 p.m. ET