DURHAM, N.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team earned its second win of the season, 72-63, on Tuesday afternoon at the McDougald-McLendon Arena in Durham, N.C. The victory brings the Blue Hose to 2-7 on the season, while N.C. Central falls to 1-9.
Players of the Game
Cortney Storey led the Blue Hose with 22 points, eight assists and three steals. The guard was 6-of-8 from the field and made 9-of-13 shots from the free-throw line.
Rodneysha Martin paced the Eagles with 16 points, three assists, two blocks, and a steal. The guard connected on 4-of-6 shots from the field, was 3-for-3 from beyond the arc, and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe.
Stat of the Game
The Blue Hose made 11 shots from beyond the arc, the most three-pointers in a game this season.
How It Happened
Neither team could get much separation in the opening quarter, which featured six ties and two lead changes. Kaycie Reffner hit a three-pointer to put PC ahead 20-16, but the Eagles used a 4-0 run to close out the quarter. Salina Virola led the Blue Hose with six points, followed closely by Kacie Hall with five.
NC Central took control in the second, outscoring the Blue Hose 16-8 to head into the locker room with a 36-28 lead. After a pair of Storey free throws pulled PC even at 26-26, the Eagles went on runs of 4-0 and 6-0 to pull away for a 36-28 halftime lead. Virola and Storey led PC at the break with six points each.
PC started off the third quarter on a 4-0 run. After a pair of Eagles three-pointers made it 42-34, back-to-back steals by Storey and a deep ball from Virola closed the gap to 42-41. The teams tied again at 47-47 and 50-50 before the Eagles committed a technical foul. Storey converted both shots from the charity stripe, giving PC the lead heading into the final quarter.
The Blue Hose stayed ahead throughout the fourth, courtesy of effective shooting from beyond the arc (3-for-5) and at the free-throw line (9-of-13). A three-pointer by the Eagles made it 58-55 with 6:33 to play, but the hosts wouldn’t get any closer.
- Storey was just shy of a double-double with 22 points and eight assists. The Big South Player of the Week recorded the first of her career last week in a win at UNCG.
- The Blue Hose had four players reach double-digit scoring, the first time the team has done so this season. Taylor Petty made four three-pointers and finished with 15 points. Virola and Janie Miles each contributed 11 points.
Presbyterian hosts its first home game in over a month with a noon contest against Belmont on Thursday, December 22.