Boulder, Colo. – The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team fell short against Colorado, 72-60, Saturday afternoon at the Coors Events Center. PC held the lead for 14 minutes and 20 seconds, but were unable to obtain one in the final period.
The Blue Hose fell to 4-6 on the season, while the Buffaloes went to 5-5 on the year. PC’s Taylor Petty (Spartanburg, S.C.) tied the game high with 16 points, while Colorado’s Jamee Swan produced a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
The Blue Hose started the game with four-straight 3-pointers and took a 12-8 lead. Salina Virola (Huntsville, Ala.) sank a 3-pointer with 3:30 remaining in the period to give PC its biggest lead at 17-9. Colorado went on a 4-0 run before Rebecca Walker (Snellville, Ga.) converted two free-throws with 29 seconds left in the period. The Blue Hose shot 71.4 percent (5-of-7) from behind the arc and took a 19-15 lead after the quarter.
Lauren Huggins gave the Buffaloes their first lead of the second quarter on a 3-point bucket less than three minutes into the period. Petty and Virola both converted jump shots and kept PC up one. Colorado then went on a 10-2 run before the Blue Hose’s Aianna Kelly made a layup and started a 9-2 run to tie the game. Colorado made two free-throws and Cortney Storey ended the half with a layup that tied the game 36-36 at halftime.
Petty sank a 3-pointer and gave the Blue Hose a 43-39 lead with 6:19 left in the third quarter, their last lead of the game. The Buffaloes went on an 18-4 run and generated a 10-point lead. Petty hit another 3-pointer to end the quarter with a 57-50 deficit.
Haley Smith converted an and one with 6:04 left in the game to give the Buffs a 64-52 lead, their largest of the game. Yakima Clifton knocked down a jumper to pull the game within eight in the final five minutes. Colorado closed the game on a 6-3 run.
The Blue Hose held a 33-23 bench points and a 22-20 in the paint advantage in the game. Walker provided 10 points and five rebounds, while Virola produced nine points. Allie Wagner led the team with six rebounds.
Presbyterian returns home to host North Carolina Central at 5 p.m. Monday at the Templeton Center before Christmas break.