Date: January 10, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm
Site: Millis Center (High Point, N.C.)
TV Broadcast: ESPN+
Live Stats: www.HighPointPanthers.com
Series: 25th meeting, HPU leads 18-6
Last Meeting: March 9, HPU won 62-60
Record: 8-5 (1-1 Big South)
Last Game: Jan. 8, 80-58 Loss at Radford
Head Coach: DeUnna Hendrix, 7th season
Career Record: 111-89, 7 seasons
School Record: same
Record: 3-10 (1-1 Big South)
Last Game: Jan. 8, 81-66 Win vs Longwood
Head Coach: Alaura Sharp, 1st season
Career Record: 98-73, 6 seasons
PC Record: 3-10, 1st season
This will be the 25th meeting between Presbyterian College and High Point, with the Panthers holding an 18-6 series lead. However, the Blue Hose are 2-3 over the last two seasons and 6-8 since 2012-13.
These two teams last met in the Big South Tournament on March 9, 2018. High Point escaped with a 62-60 win with Camryn Brown delivering late game heroics with a buzzer beater.
Each team won at home last season, with High Point also picking up the neutral site win. The Panthers won 81-55 on January 9, 2018, in the Millis Center while PC won 62-55 on February 17, 2018, at the Templeton Center.
Presbyterian College ranks 8th nationally and leads the Big South with a 3-point field goal percentage of 40.6% (93-229) thanks in part to Kacie Hall (48.3%; 10th nationally) and Shamani Stafford (46.2%; 19th nationally).
The Blue Hose have the best 3-point duo in the Big South with Kacie Hall (48.3%) and Shamani Stafford (46.2%) leading the Big South from behind the arc. Stafford also ranks second in the league with 36 made threes (2.8 per game).
The Blue Hose committed a season low 10 turnovers on the road at Campbell (1/5/19). The last four games, PC has committed 11.8 turnovers per game after averaging 23.6 turnovers over the first eight games.
Presbyterian College has shot .500 or better from behind the three-point line on four occasions this season: at Tennessee (.545), vs Georgia Southern (.552), at Davidson (.500) and vs Longwood (.615). The team accomplished this feat only three times over the previous two seasons (61 games) and four times over the last four seasons (123 games).
Presbyterian College recorded a season-high 23 assists and shot a season-high .500 (23-46) from the floor against Georgia Southern (12/12/18), bolstered by a season-high .552 (16-29) shooting from behind the arc.
Twice this season, the Blue Hose have combined to make 16 three pointers in game. The first went 16-29 (.552) against Georgia Southern (12/12/18) before improving to 16-26 (.615) against Longwood (1/8/19).
In their road loss at Davidson, the Blue Hose sank a season-best 20-of-28 free throws (.800).
After zero double-doubles last season, Presbyterian’s Bria Gibbs and Salina Virola both accomplish the feat against SC State on Nov. 20. Gibbs recorded a collegiate-best 23 points and 13 rebounds, while Virola scored 14 points with a collegiate-best 12 rebounds.
The Blue Hose are averaging 33.6 rebounds per game in 2018. That is an improvement of 4.8 rebounds over last season (28.8).
This season, PC has improved its rebounding margin (-2.8) after posting its worst margin in the Division I era (-10.2) a year ago.
In their loss to SC State on November 20, PC failed to connect on a three-pointer (going 0-9) snapping a streak of 178 games (12/11/12).
Junior Kacie Hall scored a career-high 30 points in the team’s 71-65 road win at the College of Charleston (12/21/18) and tied the program’s Division I single-game record and has finished in double figures in nine straight games.
With a 20-point effort against Furman (1/2/19), Hall moved into the team’s DI top-10 with 650 career points. She trails 9th place Amanda Mills (722) by 45 points and has 677 points headed into the matchup against Longwood.
Hall was named the Big South Player of the Week (12/27) after averaging 25.0 points and 46.7 % shooting across a pair of non-conference matchups. Her 30 points against CofC ranks second among Big South players this season.
Hall went 11-of-13 from the charity stripe at the CofC to make the most free throws for PC since Mariah Pietrowski (10) at Charleston Southern (2/16/13).
After going 3-5 (.600) against Longwood, Hall has 125 career 3-pointers which ties Cortney Storey for 5th in the program’s Division I era and ranks 10th all-time.
Senior Salina Virola ranks in the program’s Division I era top-10 with 369 total rebounds, 119 offensive rebounds and 250 defensive rebounds.
She also ranks in the program’s top-10 with 27 career blocks, 68 made three-pointers,a .434 career FG%, .349 career 3pt FG% and .810 career FT%.
With an eight-rebound performance at Georgia (12/28/18), Virola passed Cortney Storey (346) for 10th in PC’s Division I era for career rebounds. She trails Chelsea Wright (370) by one rebound for ninth.
Virola recorded her second double-double of the season, third career, with 20 points and 15 rebounds at the College of Charleston (12/21). It was the most rebounds for PC since Keyonna Allen pulled down 15 at Xavier on November 26, 2014.
On Nov. 20, Virola recorded her first double-double of the season, second career, with 14 points and 12 rebounds against SC State.
Virola’s first double-double was a 15 point, 10 rebound performance against Warren Wilson her freshman year (Nov. 18, 2015).
Redshirt junior Ericka Blackwell-Boyden moved into sole possession of 8th place in PC’s Division I era with 22 career blocks after collecting two at Campbell (1/5/19).
Freshman Shamani Stafford has twice earned Big South Freshman of the Week honors (11/12 and 12/17).
She has made five or more three pointers in four different games and ranks second in the Big South with 36 on the season (2.8 per game).
Stafford scored a collegiate-best 24 points at Furman (1/2/19) on a season-high 36 minutes.
She led PC with 21 points in 22 minutes off the bench against Georgia Southern. The rookie sank a program-best seven three pointers on 10 attempts and led the team to a program-best total of 16 threes in the game. Stafford also had a season-high three assists and three rebounds while committing zero turnovers.
Stafford started her career on the right foot. The Charlotte, NC, native scored 20 points and was 5-of-5 from behind the arc in the season opener at No. 11 Tennessee.
Freshman Bria Gibbs recorded her first career double-double against SC State (Nov. 20) with a season-high 23 points and 13 rebounds.
Freshman Trinity Johnson had nine assists against Longwood (1/8/19) and became just the fifth player in PC’s Division I history to accomplish the feat.