Charleston, S.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team held on for a 71-65 win over the College of Charleston after career games from Kacie Hall and Salina Virola on Friday afternoon. Hall scored a collegiate-best 30 points to tie the program’s single game record, while Virola recorded her second double-double of the season with a collegiate-best 20 points and 15 rebounds.
How It Happened
PC jumped out to an early 6-0 lead behind three pointers from Virola and Hall. The College of Charleston would tie the game at 6-6 with a basket from Ericka Broughton with 4:46 left in the first.
After trading baskets over the game’s next seven minutes, the Cougars’ Deja Ford sank a three at 8:07 in the second quarter to spark another 6-0 run for the home team that saw the Cougars take their largest lead of the game, four points, at 22-18 with 6:14 left in the first half.
Hall immediately answered with six points in less than 40 seconds off three free throws and a three-pointer to reclaim the lead for PC, 24-22, at 5:37.
The Blue Hose never lost the lead after that point. After the media timeout, PC went on a 9-1 run to take a 33-25 lead and force a timeout by the Cougars at 3:35.
The College of Charleston cut into the lead with a 10-4 run to end the half and trailed by just two points, 37-35, at the break.
Hall opened up the game in the third quarter, scoring eight consecutive points at one point to grow PC’s lead to 13, 55-42, at 1:34. The junior scored PC’s final 11 points of the quarter, and PC led 58-47 at the end of three.
The College of Charleston refused to give up and shrunk the lead to as few as four points on three occasions in the fourth quarter. The Cougars had a 10-0 run that ended with a Baileigh Larson layup with 4:24 remaining in the game and made the score 65-61 in favor of PC.
Virola and Hall combined to sink six free throws over the final 3:56 of the game to seal the 71-65 victory.
For The Record
Presbyterian College improved to 2-7 overall, while the College of Charleston moved to 4-6 on the year.
By The Numbers
Kacie Hall’s 30 points tied a program-best achieved by Cortney Storey last season against UNC Asheville (2/27/18). The junior shot 8-19 (.421) from the floor but added eleven points on 11-13 (.846) shooting from the free throw line.
Salina Virola recorded her third collegiate double-double with 20 points and 15 rebounds. The 15 rebounds was a collegiate-best and fell two shy of the PC’s DI record (Devin Fothergill, 17).
PC led the game for 32:25 and held on to win despite not making a basket over the final 7:38 of the game.
The Blue Hose out rebounded the Cougars 37-34 to regain a slight +0.2 advantage on the season in rebounding margin after being -10.2 last season.
Presbyterian College will travel to the University of Georgia on December 28 for a 2:00 pm game.