Farmville, Va. – A 12-0 run in the first quarter put the Longwood Lancers ahead 14-2 and the Presbyterian College Blue Hose could never get closer than six the rest of the way. Longwood was victorious 66-56 on Saturday evening in front of their home crowd. Kacie Hall would lead a group of three Blue Hose players in double figures with a career high 19 points.
Player of the Game
Hall finished the day with 19 points and four steals. Macee Tamminen with 11 points and Janie Miles with 10 were the other Blue Hose players in double figures. Cortney Storey would reach four assists moving her streak of consecutive game with at least four assists to 11.
Stat of the Game
Longwood finished with a 38-14 advantage in points in the paint and had a 19-12 advantage in points off turnovers despite turning the ball over 22 times to 15 by the Blue Hose.
Longwood controlled the first quarter going on a 12-0 run midway through the quarter. Tamminen made the Blue Hose lone field goal, three-pointer number 10 over the last two-plus games, cutting the deficit to nine at 14-5. Longwood scored one more basket to take a 16-5 lead after one. The Blue Hose won the second quarter by a 13-10 score. Hall scored eight second quarter points with two made three-pointers in the period to help cut into the deficit. PC forced Longwood into eight turnovers and capitalized with five points off them. Longwood carried a 26-18 lead into the intermission.
The offense opened up for both teams in the third period as Longwood won 23-20. Hall, Miles, Hemm and Tamminen all hit three-pointers to help spurt the Blue Hose offense. Every time it looked like PC was going to cut into the score the Lancers had an answer. A Briley Buckner lay-up in the third period cut the Lancers’ lead to six at 38-32 but Longwood answered on the other end. Longwood maintained a nine to 13 point lead the rest of the way finishing with the 10-point lead at 66-56.
“We just need to be better,” said coach Todd Steelman. “Longwood was able to penetrate the ball on us and shot the ball at a really high percentage. We need to defend better and rebound the ball better. We are a young team that will continue to grow as the season goes on.”
For the Record
The Blue Hose move to 3-10 on the season and 0-2 in Big South play while Longwood moved to 3-10 and 1-1 in Big South play.
The Blue Hose hit 10 threes setting a new record for threes over a three game stretch. The previous record was 34 all over the past three games. They now have 38 over the last three games with three consecutive games of 10+ three-pointers.
PC forced Longwood into 22 turnovers. This was its fifth straight game with 20+ turnovers. This was the third time PC forced an opponent 20+ turnovers.
Hall set a new career high with 19 points.
Hall tallied four steals tying her personal record for steals in game.
Blackwell-Boyden swatted a pair of blocks in the first quarter, the first game of her career with multiple blocks.
Miles scored 10 points and is now under 100 away from 1,000 for her career.
Tamminen made three three-pointers and has now made 12 over the last three games, she has also scored in double figures three straight games.
Storey finished with four assists, game number 11 in a row with at least four assists.
Buckner made her first career start tonight.
The Blue Hose continue their two game road trip as they head to High Point for a 7:00 p.m. tip on Tuesday, January 9. The Blue Hose defeated the Panthers 55-48 to reach the 2017 Big South Semifinals in their most recent meeting.