BUIES CREEK, N.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team led at halftime, but Campbell was more effective in the second half as the Camels earned a 50-42 victory Tuesday night at Gore Arena. With the win, Campbell sweeps the conference series and improves to 20-6, 12-3. The Blue Hose fall to 10-16 overall and 8-7 in the Big South.
Players of the Game
Cortney Storey scored 13 points on 6-of-13 shooting, including 1-of-5 from beyond the arc, to lead the Blue Hose in the loss. The junior guard pulled down four rebounds with three assists.
The Camels were led by Hannah Long, who recorded a 14-rebound, 12-point double-double. The sophomore forward went 6-of-10 from the field and added a block and three steals on defense.
Stat of the Game
Campbell shot 14-of-24 (58.3 percent) from the floor and 5-of-7 (71.4 percent) from long range in the second half. By comparison, PC shot 10-of-23 (43.5 percent) from the field and 2-for-8 (25.0 percent) from deep.
How It Happened
Campbell opened up the scoring with a MaKala Rouse jumper in the lane. Brianna Cribb followed with a three-pointer, but Aianna Kelly answered with a layup for PC’s first points. Storey hit a jumper near the top of the key to close the gap 5-4 at the 6:09 mark. Out of the 4:17 media timeout, Hannah Long scored a layup before Allie Wagner connected from beyond the arc to tie the game at 7-7. Janie Miles found Storey down low for an easy bucket, giving the Blue Hose their first lead 9-7.
In the second quarter, Rouse tied the game with an early drive to the basket. The Camels then took back the lead on a Bria Emanuel layup, but Storey tied the game yet again with another jumper. Storey answered a Caroline Bowns trifecta with one of her own to knot the game at 14-14 with 6:27 to play in the first half. After Hayley Barber got to the line and shot 1-for-2, Miles put PC back in control 17-15 with a deep ball from up top. The Camels sent Kelly to the charity stripe and the senior guard made both shots. Campbell couldn’t get a shot off before the buzzer as PC took a 19-15 lead at the break.
The Blue Hose shot 7-of-20 (35.0 percent) from the field, 3-of-8 (37.5 percent) from beyond the arc, and 2-for-2 (100.0 percent) from the free-throw line in the opening 20 minutes of action. PC committed fewer turnovers (7-10) and held the advantage in steals (7-4). The first half featured four ties and three lead changes.
The teams traded baskets to start the third quarter. Long got a layup to fall to get the hosts within 21-19 with 5:36 on the clock. After a Kelly layup made it 23-19, Campbell fought back and took back the lead with 27-25 with a pair of three-pointers from Summer Price. Rebecca Walker tied the game with a jumper, but Barber hit a three-pointer from the left corner as Campbell went up 30-27 heading into the final quarter.
The final quarter went back-and-forth early before Miles scored back-to-back three-pointers to give PC a 35-34 lead at the 8:07 mark. The Camels wrestled back the lead with a layup by Long and another deep ball from Price. Kaycie Reffner beat the shot clock for her first points of the game. Campbell pushed its lead to 43-38 as Cribb went 2-for-2 from the line. After the teams traded baskets, Price sank her fourth deep ball of the game to push the Camel lead to 48-40 with 3:12 left in the game. The teams traded scores and Campbell played keep away to earn the 50-42 win.
- Miles scored nine points and Kelly chipped in eight points to follow Storey in scoring. Miles shot 3-of-6 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from deep. She grabbed one board with three assists and a steal. Kelly made 3-of-5 shots and converted both of her free-throw attempts. The senior guard had added four rebounds, a season-high two assists, and a career-high five steals.
- PC shot 17-of-43 (39.5 percent) from the field, 5-of-16 (31.3 percent) from beyond the arc, and 3-for-4 (75.0 percent) from the free-throw line.
- The Camels led the Blue Hose in rebounds (32-20), points in the paint (26-12), points off turnovers (14-11), second-chance points (9-4), and bench productivity (10-8).
- The game featured five ties and six lead changes. Campbell held its largest lead (48-40) with 3:12 to play in the fourth quarter.
Up NextPC returns home for a 2 p.m. ET game against High Point on Saturday, February 25 at the Templeton Center.