Opponent: at Davison
Date: December 18, 2018
Site: John M. Belk Arena (Davidson, N.C.)
TV Broadcast: ESPN+
Live Stats: www.DavidsonWildcats.com
Series: 3rd meeting, PC leads 2-0
Last Meeting: PC won 98-49 at Davidson, 2/14/85
Last Game: Dec. 16, W 90-80 at Clemson
Head Coach: Gayle Coats Fulks, 2nd season
Career Record: 17-23, 2 seasons
Davidson Record: 17-23, 2nd season
Last Game: Dec. 12, L 68-69 vs Georgia Southern
Head Coach: Alaura Sharp, 1st season
Career Record: 96-69, 6 seasons
PC Record: 1-6, 1st season
This will be the third meeting between Presbyterian College and Davidson. The Blue Hose hold a 2-0 series lead, but the two teams haven’t met since 1985.
Presbyterian College is starting a five-game road stretch with their game at Davidson. Their next home game will be on January 8 against Longwood.
The Blue Hose shot a season-high .500 from the floor against Georgia Southern (12/12/18) on 23-46 shooting and bolstered it with a season-high .552 shooting from behind the arc (16-29).
PC recorded a season-high 23 assists against Georgia Southern, their best total since recording 23 against Winthrop (1/23/18), and fell four assists short of the program’s Division I best of 27 (vs Columbia College, 12/16/15).
After their game with Davidson, PC will travel to the College of Charleston on Friday, December 21, for a noon game. The Cougars lead the series 2-13, with the teams having only met once since PC moved to Division I. The College of Charleston won the last matchup, 74-51, on December 1, 2007. PC’s last victory in the series was a 65-64 win in Clinton on November 23, 1991.
In their heart-breaking defeat to Georgia Southern, PC sank a program-best 16 three pointers and were led by freshman Shamani Stafford (7) and junior Kacie Hall (5) who combined to shoot 12-17 (.705) from behind the three-point arc.
After zero double-doubles last season, Presbyterian’s Bria Gibbs and Salina Virola both accomplish the feat in their home loss against SC State on Nov. 20. Gibbs recorded a collegiate-best 23 points and 13 rebounds, while Virola scored 14 points with a collegiate-best 12 rebounds.
PC’s last double-double had been Cortney Storey’s 19 point, 10 assist performance at UNCG on December 15, 2016.
The Blue Hose are averaging a program-best 36.9 rebounds per game in 2018. That is an improvement of 8.1 rebounds over last season (28.8).
This season, PC is winning the rebounding battle (+1.4) after posting its worst margin in the Division I era (-10.2) a year ago.
In their 61-50 win over Wofford, coach Sharp’s first victory at PC, the Blue Hose nearly held the Terriers scoreless for the entire first quarter. Da’Ja Green hit a jumper with 43 seconds on the clock to end a 12-0 PC run. Wofford started the game 1-of-18 (5.6%).
In their loss to SC State on November 20, PC failed to connect on a three-pointer (going 0-9) for the first time since December 11, 2012, when they went 0-8 at home against Brevard. The streak lasted 178 games.
Freshman Shamani Stafford was named the Big South Freshman of the Week on Monday, December 17, after leading PC with 21 points in 22 minutes off the bench against Georgia Southern. The rookie sank a program-best seven three pointers on 10 attempts and led the team to a program-best total of 16 threes in the game. Stafford also had a season-high three assists and three rebounds while committing zero turnovers.
Stafford started her career on the right foot. The Charlotte, NC, native scored 20 points and was 5-of-5 from behind the arc in the season opener at No. 11 Tennessee.
Stafford was previously named the Big South Freshman of the Week (Nov. 12) after posting 20 points in her collegiate debut at No. 11 Tennessee.
Senior Salina Virola ranks 10th in the program’s Division I era with 103 career offensive rebounds, 7th with 24 career blocks and 9th with 60 made three-pointers. She also ranks in the program’s top-10 for career FG percentage (.437), 3pt FG percentage (.333) and FT percentage (.804).
With 316 career rebounds, Virola needs 30 more to move into a 10th place tie with Cortney Storey (346) in PC’s Division I era.
With 574 career points, Virola needs 59 more points to surpass Rebecca Walker (633 pts) for 10th place in PC’s Division I era.
On Nov. 20, Virola recorded her second career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds against SC State.
Virola’s other double-double was a 15 point, 10 rebound performance against Warren Wilson her freshman year (Nov. 18, 2015).
Freshman Trinity Johnson recorded a steal in six consecutive games to start the season and got her first collegiate start against Georgia Southern (12/12/18).
Freshman Bria Gibbs recorded her first career double-double in the same game against SC State (Nov. 20) with a season-high 23 points and 13 rebounds.
Junior Kacie Hall surpassed 500 career points in PC’s game at UNCW (11/14/18).
The junior has 112 career 3-pointers and needs just 5 more to move into the program’s all-time top-10. She currently ranks 6th in the Division I era.
Hall finished her sophomore season on the All-Big South Honorable Mention Team, averaging 11.1 points per game and ranking second among her teammates.
Hall had four games of 20 or more points last season with a high of 23 on two occasions. Her four games of 20-plus were the second most behind Cortney Storey’s 11.
Redshirt junior Ericka Blackwell-Boyden is tied for 8th in PC’s Division I era with 20 career blocks.
Sophomore Tess Santos was named to the Big South All-Freshman Team last season averaging 18.9 minutes per game with 104 points, 89 rebounds, 29 assists, 15 blocks and 25 steals in 28 games (18 starts).