Farmville, Va. – Trinity Johnson scored 11 fourth quarter points, including nine free throws, to lead the Presbyterian College women’s basketball team to a 64-60 win at Longwood on Saturday afternoon at Willett Hall. The freshman guard scored a team-high 18 points, while the Lancers’ Ciarah Bennett led all scorers with 20 points.
Scoring the Game
The Blue Hose led 18-15 after the first quarter, with Tess Santos and Johnson leading the team with seven points each on identical 3-of-3 shooting.
An 18-5 run to start the second quarter PC led 35-20 at 1:59 with baskets from Ericka Blackwell-Boyden, Shamani Stafford, Kacie Hall, Salina Virola and Riley Hemm over the run. However, the Lancers ended the half on a 6-0 run to cut the lead back to nine points, 35-26.
In a reversal of the previous quarter, Longwood used a 13-2 run in the third quarter to cut the lead back to two points, 39-37, with 2:10 left. After free throws from Hall, Stafford drained a three to give PC a seven-point cushion, 44-37, with 1:33 on the clock.
Longwood did not go away quietly, using a 7-0 run to tie the game at 44-44 with 9:32 in the fourth quarter. Blackwell-Boyden gave PC a five-point lead, 50-45, at 6:03 with a three-point play. The Lancers would cut the lead back to one point on several occasions but never regained the lead. The Blue Hose hit 12 free throws down the stretch to hang on for the 64-60 win and sweep Longwood on the season.
For the Record
Presbyterian College improves to 6-21 (4-12) while Longwood falls to 3-24 (2-15).
Salina Virola recorded nine rebounds to reach a DI program-best 226 on the season. She surpassed the previous record of 218 set by Keyonna Allen in 2013-14. The total ranks eighth all-time for PC.
Presbyterian College travels to Gardner-Webb on Wednesday, March 6, for a 6:00 pm game that will be broadcast on ESPN+.