Clinton, S.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team rallied back from an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime with Charleston Southern, but the Bucs pulled away with eight free throws in the extra period to win 63-55 on Saturday at the Templeton Center. Kacie Hall scored a game-high 17 points, and Salina Virola recorded her second consecutive double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Blue Hose.
How It Happened
An early 7-0 run by Presbyterian College saw the home team up 9-4 after a jumper from Hall. Riley Hemm beat the shot clock with a three pointer just before the end of the first to give PC a nine-point lead, 21-12.
Charleston Southern then opened the second quarter on a 13-3 run and took a 25-24 lead with a contested layup from Rachel Burns at 4:09. Yet, a late three from Shamani Stafford and layup from Virola kept PC ahead by one, 29-28, at halftime.
The Bucs’ Ahlea Myers hit a pair of threes to spark an 8-0 third quarter run by CSU to give the visitor's a 44-37 lead with 2:32 remaining in the quarter.
Trinity Johnson hit a pair of free throws with 20 seconds remaining in the game to give PC a 55-54 lead. However, the Buccaneers’ Ke’Asia Jackson hit one-of-two free throws on the other end with seven seconds left to force overtime at 55-55.
Charleston Southern capitalized on six PC fouls in the overtime period to convert 8-of-12 free throws to pull away for the 63-55 win.
For the Record
Presbyterian College falls to 4-16 (2-7 Big South) this year, while Charleston Southern moves to 6-14 (3-6 Big South).
Kacie Hall scored 17 points to finish in double-figures for the 16th consecutive game.
Salina Virola recorded her sixth double-double of the season, seventh career, with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Charleston Southern outscored PC 32-18 in the paint and held a slight 44-42 advantage in rebounds.
The Buccaneers' Rachel Burns also scored a game-high 17 points, and Ke'Asia Jackson recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Presbyterian College travels to Hampton, Virigina, next to play Big South newcomers Hampton University on Tuesday, February 5, in a 7 pm game.