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PC Rallies from 21-Point Deficit to Top Campbell in OT Thriller, 68-62

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team erased a 21-point halftime deficit to force overtime and knock off the Campbell Camels on Saturday afternoon to move to 4-0 in the Big South Conference, 68-62.

PC improves to 9-6 overall and 4-0 in league action, extending its record Big South start. Campbell moves to 10-4 and 2-1 in Big South play. The Blue Hose return to action on Thursday night with a home contest against Longwood at 7 p.m.

Down 40-19 at halftime, PC shot 70.6 percent (12-for-17) in the second half to outscore the home side 37-16 in the period and 12-6 in overtime. The Blue Hose trailed by 16 with 7:57 left in regulation and finished the second half on an 18-2 run to force the bonus period.

Senior Dria David (Lawrenceville, Ga.) sunk a free throw with 1.6 seconds left to send the game into overtime and scored eight straight points to reverse a 62-60 overtime deficit and seal the victory. David also dished out a career-high nine assists (the second-most in PC’s Division I history) and led the team in rebounds, with seven. She finished with 16 points.

Campbell’s Zena Lovette could have given the Camels a three-point lead with seven seconds remaining in regulation, but her first shot of a bonus free throw bounced off the rim. David stole the offensive rebound from Lovette and took a foul to go to the line. She made the first shot before missing the second, setting up her and PC’s overtime heroics.

The Camels’ Monique Spry hit two three-pointers early in the bonus period, putting Campbell up by two after 1:55 despite four points from Noelle Carter (Neptune, N.J.) and Pietrowski. From there, however, David took over. Her two layups and four made free-throws would stand as the only points either team would score as PC took the 68-62 victory.

Redshirt freshman Kasey Hobbie (Spring Lake, N.J.) delivered a career day. Hobbie scored 20 points thanks to five three-pointers in the second half that helped close the gap and keep the Blue Hose in striking distance. Her six three-pointers on the afternoon tie the most scored in a Division I game for PC. Hobbie also grabbed a crucial steal early in overtime that led to two points.

Mariah Pietrowski (Elizabethton, Tenn.) also came through in a big way in her 100th career game, going 7-from-9 from the floor and 6-for-6 from the free-throw line to post 20 points. She tallied 12 of those points in the second half while collecting six rebounds on the afternoon.

Kiera Gaines led Campbell with 14 points and seven assists.

After Campbell shot 53.3 percent in the first half (16-for-30), the Blue Hose held the Camels to 20.7 percent shooting in the second half (6-for-29) and did not allow a field goal during a span of 6:53 that ended 21 seconds into overtime.

With PC trailing by 19 early in the second half, Hobbie knocked down a trey to spark a 12-point run that saw scores from Devin Fothergill (Somerset, Ky.), Pietrowski and Hobbie. Fothergill handed out six assists for the second straight game.

Campbell responded with three straight three-pointers to go up 16 but would score only once more in the final 7:57. Hobbie drained three shots from outside the arc and Pietrowski proved reliable at the free-throw line, converting six consecutive foul shots to get PC within one before Lovette’s miss.

Down 41-19 at the half, PC came out of the halftime break re-energized to the tune of a 7-0 run to start the period. Pietrowski scored the first four points before Carter and David followed with scores to put PC in position for the final rally.

The Blue Hose battled tough early in the first half, as Shonda Burnside (Gray Court, S.C.) scored five points early to give the Blue Hose a 10-9 lead seven minutes into the contest. From there, however, the Camels closed the half on a 31-9 run that saw the home side go on a 24-2 stretch.

Five straight points from Hobbie and Pietrowski attempted to narrow the gap, but Campbell took a 40-19 advantage into halftime.

Burnside provided a defensive presence in the post by swatting three blocks on the day.

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