CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team overcame a 15-point Radford lead to earn a 58-54 comeback win Tuesday night at the Templeton Center. The Blue Hose improve to 7-13 on the season and 5-4 in the Big South, while the Highlanders fall to 15-5, 7-2.
Players of the Game
Cortney Storey finished with 16 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and seven steals to lead the Blue Hose in the win. The junior guard shot 6-for-10 from the field, including 1-for-2 from beyond the arc, and converted 3-of-5 shots from the free-throw line.
Radford was paced by Destinee Walkers’ 22 points. The sophomore guard/forward went 10-for-15 from the field and 2-for-4 from long range. She pulled down five boards and added a pair of assists.
Stat of the Game
Radford opened with a 13-0 run and held its largest lead, 18-3, at the 3:10 mark in the first quarter. It marks the largest lead the Blue Hose have overcome this season. PC fought back from an 11-point hole at Gardner-Webb on January 7 to earn a 56-55 victory.
How It Happened
Radford started off the game scoring 13 unanswered points before Allie Wagner got the Blue Hose on the board with a three-pointer. After a 5-0 Radford run, PC started to find its rhythm as Wagner got a layup to fall, followed by back-to-back three-pointers from Kaycie Reffner and Storey. The teams traded baskets to conclude the opening quarter with Radford in control 20-13.
After the Highlanders converted a free-throw and a bucket, Salina Virola got into the score column with a layup. Taylor Petty followed with a successful 2-for-2 shooting from the line to pull the Blue Hose to within 23-17 at the 5:19 mark. PC held the Highlanders scoreless for 7:17 and Virola and Storey got a pair of layups to fall to cap off the 8-0 run. Sydney Nunley ended the drought with a late score and Radford took a 25-21 lead at the break.
PC shot 8-for-23 (34.8 percent), 3-for-10 (30.0 percent) from beyond the arc, and 2-for-4 (50.0 percent) from the free-throw line in the first half. The Blue Hose committed fewer turnovers (8-10) and held the advantage in points off turnovers (9-7), fast-break points (2-0), and steals (6-4). PC’s bench outscored Radford’s 11-4 in the first 20 minutes of action.
Radford pushed its lead to 29-23 to start the third quarter before Janie Miles knocked down a deep ball in the corner. Storey then followed with a layup to make it 29-28 with 7:02 on the clock. The visitors did not want to let PC take the lead, though, and used a 6-0 run to go up 35-28 at the 4:15 media timeout. Storey came out of the huddle with a basket, and then turned a steal into an old-fashioned three-point play. Both teams turned up the defense late and the Highlanders entered the final quarter ahead 40-35.
Petty got PC started in the fourth quarter with a long-range bucket. Ericka Blackwell-Boyden then got her jumper to fall and went to the line, making the ensuing charity shot to cut the Radford lead to 44-41 with 6:32 remaining in the game. Petty again connected from beyond the arc, tying the game at 44-44. Virola gave PC its first lead, 47-45, with an old-fashioned three-point play of her own. Storey then found the sophomore forward down low as Virola got a layup to fall, and Storey converted a free-throw as PC led 50-45 with 3:32 to play. A Destinee Walker three-pointer cut PC’s lead to 53-52 at the 1:10 mark, but the Highlanders sent Petty to the line and the sophomore guard made both of her shots with :44 left in the game. The game turned into a battle of free-throw shooting, and the Blue Hose held on for the 58-54 comeback victory.
- Right behind Storey was Petty with 15 points on the night. She shot 3-for-5 from the field, 2-for-4 from deep, and converted 7-of-8 charity shots. She added three rebounds, an assist, and a steal.
- Storey’s seven steals marks a career high, surpassing her five steals at Campbell during the 2015-16 campaign. Storey also tied season highs in rebounds and minutes played (40), her fifth complete game this season.
- Blackwell-Boyden recorded season highs in scoring and steals. The redshirt-freshman netted three points and picked up a pair of steals.
- PC finished the night shooting 19-of-50 (38.0 percent) from the field, 6-of-19 (31.6 percent) from beyond the arc, and 14-of-19 (73.7 percent) from the free-throw line.
- PC tallied a season high 14 steals in the game. The team recorded 12 steals in games at East Carolina on November 28 and at Winthrop on January 21.
- The Blue Hose committed fewer turnovers (15-23) and held the advantage in steals (14-4), points off turnovers (20-14), second-chance points (5-4), fast-break points (6-0), and bench productivity (30-10). The game featured one tie and one lead change.
Up NextThe Blue Hose travel to North Charleston, S.C this Saturday, February 4 as PC takes on Charleston Southern in the Buccaneer Field House. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET.