CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team earned its first win of 2013-14 in convincing fashion on Monday night, handing the visiting Columbia College Fighting Koalas a 96-38 loss at the Templeton Center.
PC improves to 1-3 and will next hit the road to take on South Carolina State on Thursday at 6 p.m. Columbia moves to 3-4.
The final tally marks the most points PC scored in a game since a 101-point effort against Lander on November 19, 2005. The Blue Hose last hit the 90-point plateau in their last meeting against the Koalas, scoring 92 points on December 13, 11. PC’s 24 assists also set a new Division I-era high in that category as well.
Five Blue Hose hit double digits in scoring and PC shot 50 percent (37-for-74) from the field, including going 44.4 percent (8-for-18) from three-point range.
Keyonna Allen (Forest Park, Ga.) led PC with 15 points, nine rebounds and five steals, setting a new career-best in rebounds and steals. The Blue Hose saw a number of individual career-highs fall, including senior Megan Schaaf (Ellicott City, Md.) scoring a new personal record 12 points along with three freshmen setting new highs. Rebecca Walker (Snellville, Ga.) and Aianna Kelly (Newport News, Va.) poured in 12 points with Kaycie Reffner (Altoona, Pa.) adding nine. Reffner also dished out six assists, the highest for any Blue Hose this season, while Kelly went 5-for-5 from the floor.
The Koalas took a 3-2 lead before the Blue Hose broke off 20 unanswered points en route to a 48-12 halftime advantage. PC turned 18 turnovers into 27 points and used nine points each from Karlee Taylor (Asheville, N.C.), Kelly and Allen.
Allen scored early to establish the post and set up the outside, where PC drained six three pointers in the opening 20 minutes. Eight Blue Hose scored before the break and Walker grabbed six boards.
Columbia College more than doubled its scoring output in the second half with 26 points, but could not match PC’s 48 points.
Noelle Carter (Neptune, N.J.) scored eight in the half to match a career-high 10 points on the night and set a new personal record with seven rebounds.
The home side opened the second half on a 10-0 run. Two of the points came from senior guard Sherece Smith (Clemson, S.C.), who made her season debut after missing most of last season with a lower body injury. Smith also finished with two assists.
PC led by as many as 58 before the final horn blew. The side grabbed 17 steals, the most since taking 17 away from Montreat on December 16, 2011.
Azia Gibson led Columbia College with nine points and eight rebounds. Jennifer Giles added nine points as well.