Clinton, S.C. – UNC Asheville outlasted the Presbyterian College women’s basketball team by a score of 52-43 on Tuesday night at the Templeton Center. Senior Salina Virola recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while junior Kacie Hall was the game’s leading scorer with 12 points.
How it Happened
UNC Asheville jumped out to an 8-2 advantage over the game’s first five minutes. Jimeshia Lawson scored five points, and Jessica Wall hit a three-pointer for the visitors.
After Shamani Stafford hit a three and sank a pair of free throws to make it a one-point game, 8-7, Hall propelled the Blue Hose into the lead with eight points on four jumpers to put PC ahead 15-12 after the first quarter.
The Blue Hose stretched their lead to as many as seven points, 19-12, on a layup from Virola with 9:44 left in the half. However, the Bulldogs answered with a 5-0 run to make it a one-possession game, 19-17, after a free throw from Brooke Jordan-Brown.
Just before the half, Asheville’s Amaryah Corpening sank a three to make it a one-point game again, with PC leading 23-22 at halftime.
The Bulldogs controlled the second half, taking the lead with an 8-0 run late in the third. Wall sank a pair of threes on the run, making it 32-28 with 3:08 left in the quarter.
UNC Asheville grew their lead to as many as 12 points, 51-39, with 1:10 remaining in the game and PC having to foul in order to get the ball back. Trinity Johnson and Virola each scored late layups, but UNC Asheville sank six free throws in the fourth quarter to pick up the 52-43 win.
For the Record
Presbyterian College fell to 4-15 (2-6 Big South) while UNC Asheville improved to 10-9 (5-3 Big South) on the year.
Kacie Hall finished with 12 points to extend her streak of double-digit performances to 15 games. She now has 769 career points and surpassed Aianna Kelly (2013-17) for sixth place in the program’s Division I era.
Salina Virola recorded her fifth double-double of the season (11 pts, 11 rbs) and the sixth of her career.
The Bulldogs’ Brooke Jordan-Brown nearly had a double-double with nine points and 12 rebounds.
UNC Asheville totaled eight assists in the game compared to just three for Presbyterian College.
Neither team shot well from long range, with UNCA connecting on 4-14 (29%) and PC just 2-16 (13%).
Presbyterian College hosts Charleston Southern on February 2 in a 2:00 pm game at the Templeton Center.