Los Angeles, Calif. – The Presbyterian College Blue Hose (0-2) women’s basketball team went into hostile territory and battled with number seven ranked UCLA Bruins (2-0) before falling short by a 76-40 score on Sunday afternoon. This game concludes PC’s two game west-coast trip as they will return to the east-coast to face the USC Upstate Spartans in Spartanburg on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m.
Stat of the Game:
53, that is how many fewer points the Blue Hose held the Bruins to compared to UCLA’s first game of the season. The Bruins score 129 points in the season opening 129-69 win over San Jose State. PC was also 24 points better than San Jose State in margin of victory.
Player of Game:
Cortney Storey was again the games overall scoring leader as she followed up her 22-point season debut against San Diego State with an 18-point performance in Pauley Pavilion versus the Bruins. She also finished 4-6 from downtown and had a team high three assists in the contest.
How it happened:
For the second game in a row sophomore center Ericka Blackwell-Boyden got scoring started for the Blue Hose as she hit a jumper in the paint to give PC the early 2-0 lead. UCLA would go on a 12-0 run following those two points, Blackwell-Boyden would snap the 12-0 run with 3:22 left in the first quarter with her second made basket. Kacie Hall and Storey would add four free throws and the Bruins would lead 20-8 after one quarter.
Miles would cut the Bruins lead to 10 with her first bucket of the season to open up the second quarter making the score 20-10. Storey would later on hit her first three of the game and the Blue Hose would head into the break trailing 38-15.
The Blue Hose offense would come to life in the second half as they scored 25 of their 40 points then, led by 13 of Storey’s game high 18 points. Presbyterian would make five of their six three-point baskets in the second half and improve by 15 percentage points shooting in the second half from the first half.
“Today we did a much better job from a competitive standpoint,” said coach Todd Steelman. “We worked well to manage possessions and keep UCLA from getting as many run outs and easy baskets as they did in their first game. I think this provides us with an opportunity for growth as we move forward. Cortney continued her fine play, and she was relentless as the game progressed. I was pleased with Ericka’s (Blackwell-Boyden) effort around the basket, and I believe she has a chance to really contribute as the season continues.”
- Storey finished with 18 points in this game, that gives her 40 through her first two game of the season.
- 40 points is her most through the first two games of a season in her career.
- The 40 points in a two game stretch is the fourth most over a two game stretch for her career, the most is 45 and she also had 41 on two separate occasions.
- This was the first time the Blue Hose had ever played UCLA.
- The six three-point shots made as a team is a season high.
- The Blue Hose were perfect from the free throw line (8-8) a 50 percent improvement after finishing 4-8 in their first game.
- Presbyterian posted 10+ steals for the second game in a row as they had 10 versus UCLA and 12 versus San Diego State.
- PC assisted on 62 percent of their makes after assisting on 57 percent of their makes in the first game.
The Blue Hose return to the east coast where they will travel to face the USC Upstate Spartans on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. PC is 18-21 all-time versus the Spartans and will be looking for redemption after falling by seven in last season’s meeting.