Wilmington, N.C. – A fast start by UNCW proved to be too much as the Presbyterian College women’s basketball team fell, 63-48, in an afternoon matchup at Trask Coliseum. Junior Ericka Blackwell-Boyden scored 12 points to lead PC and share game-high honors with a pair of Seahawks.
How It Happened
The Seahawks opened the game on a 15-4 run with four of their starters contributing baskets over the first 7:32. Salina Virola led PC in the early going with a layup and pair of free throws.
Tess Santos knocked down a three with 1:59 remaining in the first quarter to cut the lead to eight points, 15-7. Blackwell-Boyden then converted a pair of free throws one minute later to cut the lead down even further to 15-9.
A layup by UNCW’s Paige Powell made the score 15-11 at the end of the first.
The two teams traded baskets for much of the second quarter, with the Seahawks able to extend their lead to as many as 17 with 1:33 remaining. Freshman Shamani Stafford drained a three-point buzzer-beater, her first points of the game, to make it 32-20 at the half.
A quick jumper from Blackwell-Boyden to start the second half cut the Seahawk lead to just 10, 32-22. Bria Gibbs also added six consecutive points for PC during the third, but the home team was able to build the lead back to 15 heading into the final quarter, 49-34.
A 10-0 run to start the fourth quarter ballooned the lead for UNCW to a game-high 25 points, 59-34. Kacie Hall hit a layup to end the PC scoring drought with a fast-break basket with 6:12 remaining.
Riley Hemm hit a three at 4:28 to spark a 12-2 PC run to end the game that included a free throw from Kiara Jackson and an old-fashioned three-point play from Trinity Johnson. After a Seahawk layup from Gigi Smith made the score 63-43, PC closed the game with another four points by Blackwell-Boyden and a free throw from Jackson.
Presbyterian falls to 0-2 on the season while UNCA improves to 2-1.
Ericka Blackwell-Boyden scored 12 points to share the game-high with UNCW’s Paige Powell and Shrita Parker.
UNCW’s Paige Powell recorded a double-double with a game-high 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Salina Virola led PC with seven rebounds for the second consecutive game. Her collegiate-best is 10 (achieved twice).
Junior Kacie Hall recorded four points to reach 500 career points.
Freshman Bria Gibbs scored a season-high eight points on 3-of-5 shooting, adding a pair of free throws.
The Blue Hose will host Wofford on Friday at the Templeton Center in a 6 pm game. The two teams, separated by just 37 miles, will be meeting for the first time since January 30, 1995.