CLINTON, S.C. – An explosive second quarter for the Presbyterian College women’s basketball team proved not enough for the Blue Hose as the visiting High Point Panthers forced overtime and came away with a 72-64 win. The Panthers improve to 13-14 overall and 11-5 in the Big South, while the Blue Hose fall to 10-17, 8-8.
Players of the Game
Kaylah Keys led the Panthers with 22 points, including nine in overtime. Haleigh Hatfield collected 10 rebounds.
Stat of the Game
High Point outrebounded PC 53-25, including a 19-1 edge on the offensive glass.
PC shot 64.3 percent (9-for-14) in the second quarter and 54.5 percent (6-for-11) in the fourth, but a six-point third quarter helped High Point back into the game. PC scored 28 points in the second quarter, including 24 from distance.
How it Happened
Tied 58-58 after four quarters, High Point struck early and often in overtime, racing to a 63-57 lead in the first 100 seconds.
PC managed to get within four with 22 seconds to go, but was forced to foul frequently down the stretch. High Point took advantage, going 7-for-10 from the line in overtime to seal the win.
Kaylah Keys scored nine points for the visitors in overtime and Shea Morgan added five.
High Point jumped out to a 9-2 lead to start the game. Storey and Wagner helped cut the deficit to four before the Panthers took advantage of a five-minute PC field goal drought to open a 18-8 lead through the opening quarter.
The second quarter told a different story as the Blue Hose outscored the visitors 28-9 in the frame, thanks in part to an 8-for-10 quarter from long range. Early in the second, a Wagner three-pointer snapped the scoring skid and the senior followed up a Hall three with another trey to cap a game-tying 11-0 run. The play forced a High Point timeout at the 7:25 mark with the game tied, 19-19.
Walker struck again from deep with 3:27 to go in the half to give PC a 28-25 lead, its first of the game. The shot followed treys from Storey and Hall as the Blue Hose continued to find success from deep in the first half.
A Storey bank-shot three, a conventional trey from Janie Miles and a Storey layup extended a 14-0 Blue Hose run heading into the half’s final minute. A Panthers basket made it 36-27 for PC heading into the locker room at halftime.
PC’s big first half came without the services of Aianna Kelly, who found herself in foul trouble soon after the opening whistle and played only two first half minutes.
Fouls and turnovers plagued PC in a low-scoring third quarter, allowing High Point to slowly close the gap. A Kaylah Keys three-pointer at the 2:26 mark capped a 9-0 HPU run and put the Panthers back in front, 39-38.
The two sides traded leads for the next few minutes, with High Point up 43-42 heading into the fourth.
High Point’s razor-thin margin held through much of the fourth quarter. An Emma Bockrath three-pointer midway through opened up a four-point edge, only to see Salina Virola and Wagner battle back and tie the game with four minutes to go, 48-48.
After a 7-0 PC run, both teams began to score at a furious pace. The lead swung back and forth as PC made five straight field goals, forcing a High Point timeout with 1:20 to go in the tie game.
High Point could not convert on multiple possessions at the close of regulation, missing three straight shots in the final 33 seconds. A Hall jumper fell just wide as time expired, forcing PC’s second overtime game of the season.
The loss snapped a four-game home winning streak for PC over the Panthers.
The Blue Hose shot 9-for-14 in the second quarter, including eight three-pointers on 10 attempts.
Virola scored seven points, all coming in the fourth quarter.
PC outscored High Point 37-14 in bench points. High Point won the battle in the paint (20-14), scoring off turnovers (19-12) and in second chance points (11-2).
The game saw 10 lead changes.
PC went 10-for-12 from the line, shooting at an 83.3 percent clip.
Up NextPC hosts Winthrop on Monday night at 7 p.m. in the team’s Senior Night home finale. The Blue Hose then wrap up the regular season on Saturday, March 4, at Longwood.