CONWAY, S.C. – A strong second half and a hot shooting performance helped the Presbyterian College women’s basketball team earn a road victory over Coastal Carolina on Thursday night at the HTC Center, 65-54.
PC improves to 14-10 overall and 9-4 in the Big South, setting a program record for most Big South wins in a season and tying the most wins in a Division I season. Coastal moves to 11-13 on the year and 6-8 in league action. PC next heads to Charleston Southern for a Saturday matinee matchup at 2 p.m. while the Chanticleers host Gardner-Webb on Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Blue Hose shot 60.5 percent (23-for-38) overall and outscored the home side 40-28 in the second half, thanks in part to 11 second-half points each from Shonda Burnside (Gray Court, S.C.) and Dria David (Lawrenceville, Ga.). Mariah Pietrowski (Elizabethton, Tenn.) led all scorers with 18 points on the evening. Burnside and Pietrowski shared the team lead with seven rebounds apiece.
PC’s size inside helped carry the squad to the tune of a 20-10 point advantage in the paint during the second half. Four players scored in double figures in Pietrowski (18), Burnside (16), David (13) and Taylor (11).
Angelica Henry led Coastal Carolina with 16 points.
Down 26-25 at the half, PC chipped away and eventually took its final lead on a Burnside jumper 5:25 into the half. The score took place inside of an 11-5 run to start the half. Coastal pulled to within one midway through the frame, but the Blue Hose held the line. A Burnside layup at the 9:56 mark kickstarted a 7-1 run and Coastal would get no closer than five points for the remainder of the game.
The visitors closed the game out at the foul line, scoring their final 10 points from the charity stripe. PC went 15-for-17 from the line (12-for-13 in the second half) for an 88.2 shooting percentage on the night.
David provided a highlight-reel play after the Blue Hose turned the ball over at center court. Shatia Cole recovered the ball and sprinted downcourt for a layup, only to see David block the shot and collect the steal.
PC raced out to fast start, taking a 7-1 lead from the opening tip behind four Pietrowski points. A 13-2 Coastal run erased the advantage, however, and gave the home side a lead PC would spend most of the half chasing.
A delay for a video replay slowed the Chanticleers’ momentum and PC responded. Burnside scored five straight points as the Blue Hose clawed back, eventually tying the game at 22-22 with 2:16 left in the period.
The Chanticleers scored four points but Taylor had an answer in the form of a three-pointer to cut Coastal’s lead to one entering halftime, 26-25. PC held its opponent to four points in the final 6:30 of the half.
Pietrowski led PC with 10 boards and five rebounds at the break. The Blue Hose shot a 58.8 percent (10-for-17) from the floor in the opening 20 minutes compared to Coastal’s 33.3 percent (11-for-33).
The win marks PC's third straight over Coastal Carolina.