CLINTON, S.C. – A pair of double-doubles from Bria Gibbs and Salina Virola was not enough for the Presbyterian College women’s basketball team as SC State escaped the Templeton Center with a 57-48 victory on Tuesday night. The Bulldog’s Kemoni Jenkins led all scorers with 27 points including five three-pointers.
PC Players of the Game
Gibbs recorded collegiate-bests and season-highs for the team with 23 points and 13 rebounds, while Virola had a season-high 14 points and a collegiate-best 12 rebounds.
PC’s last double-double came on December 15, 2016, and having two players record the feat in the same game was a program-first.
How It Happened
Gibbs scored a pair of layups to end a 6-2 run by SC State and tie the game at 6-6 with 5:15 remaining in the first quarter.
SC State regained the lead, 9-6, with a fast break layup and free throw from Rhein Beamon at 4:03.
Salina Virola cut the lead back to one with just over two minutes remaining, but the Bulldogs answered to hold an 11-8 lead during the first break.
Jenkins extended the visitor’s lead to six, 14-8, with a three pointer to open the second quarter.
Gibbs again cut into the lead with back-to-back layups to cut the lead back down to three, 20-17, with 4:11 remaining before halftime.
The Bulldogs then grew the lead to back out to nine, 26-17, with a pair of three-pointers from Jenkins and Beamon just before the half.
A Jakayvea Akins’ layup gave SC State an 11-point lead with 5:17 left in the third quarter, bringing the score to 30-19.
The Blue Hose then ended the quarter on a 10-1 run to cut the lead to just two, 31-29. Gibbs added four points, including a pair of free throws, Virola sank a layup, while Kiara Jackson converted three free throws and Trinity Johnson one.
Yet that was the closest the game would be. Jenkins made another three three-pointers in the fourth quarter to keep the Blue Hose rally at bay. SC State would sink nine free throws over the game’s last 58 seconds to hang on to win 57-48.
For the Record
PC falls to 1-3 on the year, while SC State improves to 2-3.
By the Numbers
Bria Gibbs’ 23 points (t8th) and 13 rebounds (t10th) both rank within the program’s top-10 for an individual during their Division I era.
Presbyterian College’s 58 rebounds tied for second-most in their Division I history. The record of 67 rebounds came against Allen (11/18/2014).
The 58 rebounds against SC State came one game after the team recorded 52 against Wofford, which also ranks in the program’s top-10 (t8th).
Tess Santos tied her personal best with 8 rebounds against SC State.
PC went 0-9 from behind the arc and failed to score a three-pointer for the first time this season.
Presbyterian will travel to Vanderbilt for a 3:00 pm game on Sunday, November 25. It will be the second meeting between the two schools with the Commodores winning the first matchup, 56-38, on November 23, 2015.