CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team held off a second half surge by Charleston Southern, 63-49, Saturday afternoon at the Bucs Dome. PC handed CSU its first home loss of the season.
The Blue Hose improved to 7-6, 3-1 in the Big South Conference, their first winning record of the season, while the Buccaneers went to 7-6, 2-2. PC continues conference play against Radford at 7 p.m. Monday at the Templeton Center.
Taylor Petty led all scorers with 16 points and knocked down four three-pointers. Cortney Storey added 15 points, six assists and went 6-of-7 from the free throw line. Allie Wagner led the team with eight rebounds.
Charleston Southern opened the game on a 4-0 run before the Blue Hose responded with a 20-0 run and held the Bucs scoreless for eight and a half minutes. PC held CSU to 17.6 percent (3-of-17) shooting in the first period and held an 8-0 bench points advantage. The Blue Hose held a 22-6 lead after the period, the fewest points scored by an opponent in a single quarter this season.
The Blue Hose started the second quarter on an 8-3 run and extended a 30-9 lead on Petty’s made three-pointer. Petty knocked down a three-pointer at the 4:12 mark and gave PC a 35-12 lead, their largest of the game. CSU ended the half on a 7-0 run while the Blue Hose went into the locker room with a 35-19 lead.
The Bucs went on a 10-3 run at the 3:49 point of the third quarter and pulled within 11 points at 42-31. CSU’s Nayla Long connected on a jumper and brought the game to single-digits at 46-37. Shauntavia Dobson made a jumper as she fell to the ground at the buzzer and the Blue Hose led 48-39 heading into the final period.
Petty connected on a three-pointer at the 5:52 mark of the fourth quarter and extended the Blue Hose lead to 58-45. CSU went on a 3-0 run before Cortney Storey closed the game with four made free throws and gave the Blue Hose the victory.
The Blue Hose held the Bucs to 35.2 percent (19-of-54) shooting from the floor and converted 88.2 percent (15-of-17) from the free throw line.