Birmingham, Ala. – The Samford women’s basketball team pulled away to defeat Presbyterian College 75-54 behind 13 made three-pointers on Sunday at the Pete Hanna Center. The Bulldogs placed four players in double-figures and were led by Samantha Fitzgerald’s game-high 18 points. Salina Virola and Kacie Hall both scored 17 points to lead the Blue Hose.
How It Happened
The first half was a close-affair with five ties and 11 lead changes. PC led 14-12 after the first quarter, with Hall leading all scorers with nine points and three-of-three shooting from behind the arc.
Virola sank a three with 3:28 left in the half to tie the game at 26-26. Samford then closed the quarter on a 10-2 run that saw the Bulldogs leading 36-28 at halftime.
Samford opened the third quarter with back-to-back threes, capping what was a 16-2 run that stretched the home team’s lead to 14 points at 9:15.
Hall later sank her fourth three of the game at 6:21 to cut the deficit to just nine points, 44-35. However, as they did all game, the Bulldogs immediately answered with a three of their own, this time from Natalie Armstrong, to stretch the lead back to 12 at 6:03.
Samford was able to build the lead to 21 points, 62-41, at the end of the third quarter.
Virola scored eight points during a 10-5 Blue Hose run to start the fourth quarter, helping cut the lead to 15 points, 64-49, with 7:28 remaining in the game.
That was the closest PC would get, as Samford hit their 13th three of the game and sank six free throws in the game’s final minutes to hang on for the 75-54 win.
For The Record
Presbyterian College falls to 1-5 overall this season, while Samford improves to 3-5.
By The Numbers
The Blue Hose shot a season-best 20-of-46 (.435) from the floor and committed a season-low 17 turnovers.
Salina Virola’s six rebounds moved her to 309 in her career. The senior is now just 37 shy of ranking within the program’s top-10. Her 101 career offensive rebounds already rank 10th and are 17 shy of ninth place.
Kacie Hall scored a season-high 17 points and has finished in double figures a team-high three times this season.
Freshman Trinity Johnson has recorded a steal in six-straight games and shares the team lead with Hall (six total).
Presbyterian College welcomes Georgia Southern to the Templeton Center for a 5 pm game on December 12. The game will be the first part of a double-header as the men’s team plays at 7:30 pm.