Opponent: at Samford
Date: December 2, 2018
Site: Pete Hanna Center (Birmingham, Ala.)
TV Broadcast: ESPN+
Live Stats: www.SamfordSports.com
Series: First meeting
Last Game: Nov. 28, L 57-67 at Hampton
Head Coach: Mike Morris, 16th season
Career Record: 256-207, 15 seasons
Samford Record: same
Last Game: Nov. 25, L 43-78 at Vanderbilt
Head Coach: Alaura Sharp, 1st season
Career Record: 96-67, 6 seasons
PC Record: 1-4, 1st season
The Blue Hose are ending a two-game road stretch but will only play at home once over the next eight games. After playing at Samford, PC will return home to play Georgia Southern on December 12, which will be their last home game until January 8.
After zero double-doubles last season, Presbyterian’s Bria Gibbs and Salina Virola both accomplish the feat in their home loss 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.
PC’s last double-double had been Cortney Storey’s 19 point, 10 assist performance at UNCG on December 15, 2016.
The Blue Hose are averaging a program-best 41.0 rebounds per game in 2018. That is an improvement of 12.2 rebounds over last season. More impressively, PC is averaging 16.2 offensive rebounds per game which is twice last year’s average of 8.1.
This season, PC is winning the rebounding battle (+2.0) after posting its worst margin in the Division I era (-10.2) a year ago.
In their 61-50 win over Wofford, coach Sharp’s first victory at PC, the Blue Hose nearly held the Terriers scoreless for the entire first quarter. Da’Ja Green hit a jumper with 43 seconds on the clock to end a 12-0 PC run. Wofford started the game 1-of-18 (5.6%).
Senior Salina Virola ranks 10th in the program’s Division I era with 99 career offensive rebounds and 7th with 24 career blocks.
With 303 career rebounds, Virola needs 43 more to move into a 10th place tie with Cortney Storey (346) in PC’s Division I era.
On Nov. 20, Virola recorded her second career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds against SC State.
Virola’s other double-double was a 15 point, 10 rebound performance against Warren Wilson her freshman year (Nov. 18, 2015).
Freshman Bria Gibbs recorded her first career double-double in the same game against SC State (Nov. 20) with a season-high 23 points and 13 rebounds.
Redshirt junior Ericka Blackwell-Boyden is tied for 8th in PC’s Division I era with 20 career blocks.
Freshman Shamani 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.
Stafford was named the Big South Freshman of the Week (Nov. 12) after posting 20 points in her collegiate debut at No. 11 Tennessee.