CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team rolled over Coastal Carolina 66-42 Saturday afternoon at the Templeton Center. PC held the lead from wire to wire.
The Blue Hose improved to 11-7, 7-2 in the Big South Conference, while the Chanticleers fell to 7-11, 2-7 on the season. PC extended its winning streak to four and has won seven of the last eight games. The Blue Hose look to knock off fellow league-leader UNC Asheville at Kimmel Arena Tuesday, Jan. 26, in a 7 p.m., game. Both teams are tied for first along with Gardner-Webb.
Salina Virola led the Blue Hose with 12 points and grabbed four rebounds, while Aianna Kelly pulled down nine rebounds, added eight points and dished seven assists. Rebecca Walker knocked down 10 points, retrieved eight rebounds and distributed three assists.
Ced Gibson led the Chanticleers with 12 points, while Yasmin Miller grabbed nine rebounds and added four points.
PC started the game with a 6-0 lead before Gibson knocked down a three-pointer at the 4:12 mark, Coastal’s only points of the quarter. The Blue Hose ended the period on a 9-0 run and took a 15-3 lead after the first, the lowest number of points scored against PC in a single quarter all season. The Blue Hose held the Chanticleers to 11.1 percent (1-of-9) shooting from the floor and forced seven turnovers in the quarter.
Kaycie Reffner connected on a three-pointer with 6:04 left before halftime and gave PC a 23-7 lead, its largest lead of the first half. The Chanticlees pulled within 11, 28-17, on a made free throw by Derriel Banyard with 1:26 remaining in the second quarter. Virola ended the half with a made three-pointer and gave the Blue Hose a 32-17 lead heading into the locker room.
The second half opened with three three-point field goals, two for PC and one for Coastal. The Blue Hose started the third quarter on a 10-3 run and pulled out to a 42-20 lead. PC ended the period on a 15-4 run and led 55-27 into the final period.
Yakima Clifton connected on a three-pointer with 8:13 left in the game and gave the Blue Hose a 58-29 lead, their largest of the game. Coastal scored 15 points in the final quarter, the most scored in a quarter during the contest.
The Blue Hose owned a 27-5 points off turnovers and a 42-24 rebounding advantage in the game.