CLINTON, S.C. – Shamani Stafford scored a game-high 21 points, including six three pointers, to lead the Presbyterian College women’s basketball team to an 81-66 win over Longwood on Tuesday night at the Templeton Center. The Blue Hose tied their program record with 16 made threes on a season-high 61.5% shooting.
How It Happened
After jumping out to a 10-0 lead over the first five minutes of the game, Presbyterian College had a comfortable, double-digit lead they held for a majority of the game.
Presbyterian sank 4-of-8 three point attempts in the first quarter and 9-of-14 in the first half as they built their lead to as many as 18 points, 28-10, on a Salina Virola three with 6:16 remaining in the second quarter. Six different Blue Hose contributed at least one three-pointer in the first half as Kacie Hall, Stafford, Riley Hemm, Tess Santos and Virola all converted from range.
Longwood’s Ciarah Bennett had five steals over the first two quarters, and the Lancers hit their final five shots to cut the lead to just 15 points, 43-26, at the break. However, Longwood failed to hit a three-pointer in the first half, going 0-for-3.
A quick 7-0 run by the Lancers in the third cut the lead to just 10 points, 54-44, on a layup from Akila Smith. However, a pair of threes from Hall bookended a layup from Virola as the Blue Hose extended their lead back to 18 with just under 11 minutes to play.
Presbyterian’s lead ballooned to as many as 28 points after a 10-0 run to start the fourth quarter that was highlighted by back-to-back threes from Virola and Hemm to stretch the score to 74-46.
Longwood outscored PC 15-2 over the final 4:41 with the Blue Hose bench getting valuable minutes.
For the Record
Presbyterian College improved to 3-10 (1-1 Big South) on the year, while Longwood fell to 1-11 (0-2 Big South).
Player of the Game
Shamani Stafford scored 21 points on 7-11 (.636) shooting on the floor and 6-9 (.667) shooting from three. The freshman leads the team with four +20 point games this season and has made at least five three pointers on four occasions as well.
For the third time this season, nine different PC players scored at least one point.
Longwood (26) and PC (25) combined for 51 turnovers, yet the Blue Hose led 33-19 in points off turnovers. The Lancers did however hold a commanding 46-16 advantage in the paint.
Kacie Hall played just 27 minutes (averaged 36.4) yet was still able to finish with double-digit points for the ninth consecutive game and tie her collegiate-best with six assists.
The Blue Hose sank +10 threes for only the second time this season, but converted over 50% for the fourth time. The team tied a program record with 16 threes, which also leads the Big South this season.
Presbyterian College’s 81 points were a season high.
Presbyterian College travels to High Point on Thursday, January 10, for a 4 pm tip-off that will be the first game in a true double-header against the Panthers with the Blue Hose men tipping off at 7 pm.