Clinton, S.C. – Presbyterian College battled back from an early double-digit deficit to take a second-half lead, but the Hampton women’s basketball team pulled away with 21 free throws in the fourth quarter to pick up an 82-68 win in the Templeton Center on Tuesday night. Salina Virola recorded her eighth double-double of the season with a game-high 20 points and 14 rebounds, and Tess Santos had a season-high 15 points off five three-pointers.
Scoring the Game
Hampton built an early 15-3 lead connecting on their first three attempts from behind the arc. The Blue Hose replied with an 11-3 run fueled by a trio of three-pointers from Santos that saw the lead cut to just four points, 18-14, with 1:50 left. However, the Pirates stayed hot from distance, sinking 5-of-6 three-pointers in the quarter, and led 23-16 at the break.
In the second quarter, Virola scored five consecutive points, all free throws, to cut the lead to just two, 34-32, with 47 seconds remaining before halftime. Riley Hemm then capped an 8-0 run to give PC its first lead of the game, 35-34, with a three pointer and eight seconds on the clock. However, Hampton’s Mahaley Holit hit a jumper at the buzzer to give the visitors a 36-35 lead.
Santos’ fourth three-pointer gave PC a 43-41 lead at 5:48 in the third. Hampton then went on a 7-0 run with Laren Vanarsdale making a contested layup and the subsequent free throw to give the Pirates a 48-43 lead at 2:35. Kacie Hall scored a quick jumper at 2:31, and Virola added a pair of free throws to see PC trailing by just one, 48-47, after three quarters.
Santos’ fifth three-pointer gave PC its final lead of the game, 50-48, at the beginning of the fourth. Shamani Stafford hit a pair of late threes, but Hampton sank 21-26 (.808) free throws in the fourth quarter to pull away for an 82-68.
For the Record
Presbyterian College falls to 5-21 (3-12 Big South) while Hampton improved to 15-11 (11-4 Big South).
Stats of the Game
PC won the rebounding battle, 33-27, and recorded more assists, 16-9. Hampton recorded 15 steals, committed fewer turnovers, 20-30, and outscored PC off those turnovers, 25-20. The Pirates started the game 5-6 (.833) from three in the first quarter but ended 6-13 (.462) compared to 13-30 (.433) for PC.
Hampton was 26-39 (.667) from the free throw line after going 21-21 (1.00) in the season’s first meeting on February 5. The 26 free throws are the most given up by PC this season, and the 36 attempts tie the number attempted by Tennessee in the season opener.
Tess Santos scored a season-high 15 points and became the third PC player this season to record five threes in a single game.
Salina Virola’s 20 points and 14 rebounds fell two points and one rebound shy of her collegiate-bests.
Presbyterian College travels to Longwood on Saturday, March 2, for a 3 pm game in Farmville, Va.