Opponent: vs Longwood
Date: January 8, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm
Site: Templeton Center (Clinton, S.C.)
TV Broadcast: ESPN+
Live Stats: www.GoBlueHose.com
Series: 18th meeting, PC leads 10-7
Last Meeting: Feb. 10, Longwood won 75-60
Record: 1-10 (0-1 Big South)
Last Game: Jan. 5, L 69-77 at Winthrop
Head Coach: Rebecca Tillett, 1st season
Career Record: 1-10, 1st season
Longwood Record: 1-10, 1st season
Record: 2-10 (0-1 Big South)
Last Game: Jan. 5, L 46-51 at Campbell
Head Coach: Alaura Sharp, 1st season
Career Record: 97-73, 6 seasons
PC Record: 2-10, 1st season
Presbyterian College holds a 10-7 all-time advantage over Longwood, but the Lancers swept the series last season and broke an 8-game losing streak against the Blue Hose.
In their last trip to the Templeton Center (2/10/18), Longwood used a 16-2 run to start the fourth quarter to pull away for a 75-60 win. Ericka Blackwell-Boyden and Kacie Hall both finished in double figures with 12 and 11 points respectively. Stephanie Guihon led Longwood with 14 points.
Three of the last four meetings in the series, as well as four of the seven games played in Clinton, have been decided by fewer than 10 points.
The Blue Hose finished 9-9 in the Big South last season but got out to an 0-3 start. On Tuesday, PC will be looking to move to .500 and 1-1 with a win over Longwood who swept the series last season.
Presbyterian College ranks 19th nationally and leads the Big South with a 3-point field goal percentage of 37.9% (77-203) thanks in part to Kacie Hall (47.2%; 13th nationally) and Shamani Stafford (43.5%; 40th nationally).
The Blue Hose have the best 3-point duo in the Big South with Kacie Hall (47.2%) and Shamani Stafford (43.5%) leading the Big South from behind the arc. Stafford also ranks second in the league with 30 made threes (2.5 per game).
The Blue Hose committed a season low 10 turnovers on the road at Campbell (1/5/19). The last four games, PC has committed 11.8 turnovers per game after averaging 23.6 turnovers over the first eight games.
Presbyterian College has shot .500 or better from behind the three-point line on three occasions this season: at Tennessee (.545), vs Georgia Southern (.552) and at Davidson (.500). The team accomplished this feat only three times over the previous two seasons (61 games) and four times over the last four seasons (123 games).
Presbyterian College recorded a season-high 23 assists and shot a season-high .500 (23-46) from the floor against Georgia Southern (12/12/18), bolstered by a season-high .552 (16-29) shooting from behind the arc.
In their heart-breaking defeat to Georgia Southern, PC sank a program-best and league-leading 16 three pointers. Freshman Shamani Stafford (7) and junior Kacie Hall (5) combined to shoot 12-17 (.705) from behind the three-point arc to lead the team.
In their road loss at Davidson, the Blue Hose sank a season-best 20-of-28 free throws (.800).
After zero double-doubles last season, Presbyterian’s Bria Gibbs and Salina Virola both accomplish the feat 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.
The Blue Hose are averaging 34.2 rebounds per game in 2018. That is an improvement of 5.4 rebounds over last season (28.8).
This season, PC has improved its rebounding margin (-2.8) after posting its worst margin in the Division I era (-10.2) a year ago.
In their loss to SC State on November 20, PC failed to connect on a three-pointer (going 0-9) snapping a streak of 178 games (12/11/12).
Junior Kacie Hall scored a career-high 30 points in the team’s 71-65 road win at the College of Charleston (12/21/18) and tied the program’s Division I single-game record and has finished in double figures in eight straight games.
With a 20-point effort against Furman (1/2/19), Hall moved into the team’s DI top-10 with 650 career points. She trails 9th place Amanda Mills (722) by 56 points and has 666 points headed into the matchup against Longwood.
Hall was named the Big South Player of the Week (12/27) after averaging 25.0 points and 46.7 % shooting across a pair of non-conference matchups. Her 30 points against CofC ranks second among Big South players this season.
Hall went 11-of-13 from the charity stripe at the CofC to make the most free throws for PC since Mariah Pietrowski (10) at Charleston Southern (2/16/13).
Hall has now made 122 career 3-pointers which ranks 6th in the program’s Division I era and 10th all-time. She trails Cortney Storey (125) by three threes.
Senior Salina Virola now simultaneously ranks 10th in PC’s Division era with 362 career rebounds, 117 offensive rebounds and 245 defensive rebounds. She trails Chelsea Wright (370), Rebecca Walker (118) and Janie Miles (257) in each category for ninth.
Virola recorded her second double-double of the season, third career, with 20 points and 15 rebounds at the College of Charleston (12/21). It was the most rebounds for PC since Keyonna Allen pulled down 15 at Xavier on November 26, 2014.
On Nov. 20, Virola recorded her first double-double of the season, second career, with 14 points and 12 rebounds against SC State.
Virola’s first double-double was a 15 point, 10 rebound performance against Warren Wilson her freshman year (Nov. 18, 2015).
She also ranks in the program’s top-10 with 27 career blocks, 66 made three-pointers,a .431 career FG%, .342 career 3pt FG% and .806 career FT%.
With an eight-rebound performance at Georgia (12/28/18), Virola passed Cortney Storey (346) for 10th in PC’s Division I era for career rebounds.
Redshirt junior Ericka Blackwell-Boyden moved into sole possession of 8th place in PC’s Division I era with 22 career blocks after collecting two at Campbell (1/5/19).
Freshman Shamani Stafford has twice earned Big South Freshman of the Week honors (11/12 and 12/17).
Stafford scored a collegiate-best 24 points at Furman (1/2/19) on a season-high 36 minutes.
Stafford led 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.
Freshman Bria Gibbs recorded her first career double-double against SC State (Nov. 20) with a season-high 23 points and 13 rebounds.