CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team converted 9-of-10 free throws in the fourth quarter to help overcome an eight point Charleston Southern lead, earning a 50-48 comeback win Tuesday night at the Templeton Center. The Blue Hose improve to 5-11 on the season and 3-2 in the Big South, while the Bucs fall to 8-8, 2-3.
Players of the Game
Three Blue Hose finished with 10 points to lead the team: Cortney Storey, Kacie Hall, and Aianna Kelly. Storey shot 2-of-9 from the field and made all six of her free throws, adding three boards, four assists, and a steal. Hall went 3-of-8 from the floor, 2-of-6 from deep, and 2-for-2 from the line. The freshman guard grabbed three rebounds and picked up an assist. Kelly made 2-of-3 from the field, sank her only three-pointer, and converted 5-of-6 free throws. She led the team with six rebounds and added a block and three steals on defense.
Ke’Asia Jackson, Breannah Bretches, and Jasmine Blackmon each netted nine points to pace the Bucs in the loss. Jackson shot 4-for-10 from the floor, was a perfect 6-for-6 from the line, and added two boards, an assist, and a pair of steals. Bretches made 3-of-8 shots, converted her three free-throw attempts, and added five boards, an assist, and a steal. Blackmon shot 4-of-6 from the field and made her only free throw. She was Charles Southern’s top rebounder with seven boards and added a steal.
Stat of the Game
Presbyterian, which entered Tuesday’s game ranked second in the Big South in free-throw percentage, made 15-of-16 (93.8 percent) charity shots on the night. The Blue Hose converted 9-of-10 free throws in the fourth quarter, helping the team overcome an 8-point Bucs lead late.
How It Happened
Allie Wagner opened the scoring with a successful three-pointer from the top of the key. Alyssa Mann put Charleston Southern on the board with a layup at the 6:10 mark and Lakes tied things up at 3-3 with a free throw. Hall put PC back in control with a deep ball before the 4:57 media timeout. Back-to-back buckets by Ke’Asia Jackson gave the Bucs their first lead, 7-6. Salina Virola then got a layup to fall to put PC up 8-7 to end the first quarter.
At the start of the second, the teams traded buckets before Breanna Bretches made a pair of layups to wrestle back the lead, 13-11. Storey made a steal and a fast-break layup to knot it up at 13-13. Shauntavia Dobson knocked down a three to end a four-minute drought by the Bucs. Jasmine Blackmon followed with a layup and Brianna Lakes hit a charity shot to give Charleston Southern a 19-13 lead. Hall ended the 6-0 run with her second three-pointer on the night and the visitors would go into the locker room ahead 19-16.
Rebecca Walker evened the game at 19-19, connecting from beyond the arc with 8:30 to play in the third. After a pair of Bucs free throws, Storey answered with a pair of her own to make it 21-21. Charleston Southern jumped ahead with five unanswered points, but Kelly stroked one from deep at the 6:14 mark. Kelly made the most of a trip to the line, sinking both of her free shots to pull PC to within 27-26. Kaycie Reffner scored her first points with a pair of free throws, but the Bucs did not want to give up control as Mann made a layup. A Walker three-pointer got PC on top 33-31, but Blackmon scored to even the game at 33-33 to conclude the third quarter.
Charleston Southern started off the final quarter with a pair of baskets, but Kelly drove to the basket to make it 37-35 with 8:53 on the clock. After a Bucs bucket and a pair of Kelly free shots, PC was held scoreless for over two-and-a-half minutes. The drought allowed Charleston Southern to take a 45-37 lead. The teams then traded baskets before Virola hit a turnaround jumper. Hall went to the line and converted both of her shots to trim the Bucs’ lead to 47-43. Down by three, Storey got the Blue Hose to within 48-47 with under a minute to play. After PC called a timeout, Charleston Southern sent Kelly to the line with :18 remaining. The senior guard converted 1-of-2 shots to even the score at 48-48. Both teams had looks at the basket but could not score. Charleston Southern would send Storey to the line with one second remaining, though, and the junior guard played the hero as she made both shots.
- Walker was close to double-digit scoring with eight points. The senior forward shot 3-for-8 from the field, including a season-high 2-for-6 from long range, and pulled down five rebounds.
- Riley Hemm logged 22 minutes off the bench, the most action she has seen in a game all season.
- Kelly posted season highs with her 10 points, five free throws, and three steals. The senior guard scored nine points in a January 3 win over Longwood. Her 83.3 percent shooting from the line is second only to her 2-for-2 effort in a December 22 loss to Belmont. Lastly, she recorded two steals in a December 30 loss to Chattanooga.
- Miles tallied three steals on the night to better her previous season high of two in a November 28 loss at East Carolina.
-The Blue Hose finished with 36 rebounds in the win, the team’s second most boards in a game this season. PC totaled 39 rebounds in a January 3 win against Longwood.
- PC shot 27.5 percent (14-of-51) from the field, 21.2 percent (7-of-33) from beyond the arc, and 93.8 percent (15-16) from the free-throw line.
- The game featured nine ties and 10 lead changes. PC held the advantage in second-chance points (11-9) and bench productivity (27-25).
PC makes the trip north to Rock Hill, S.C. this Saturday, January 21 as the Blue Hose square off against the Winthrop Eagles at 1 p.m. ET in the Winthrop Coliseum.