CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team tied the game late, but could not overcome an 11-0 run as UNC Asheville held on for a 67-60 win Tuesday night at the Templeton Center. The Blue Hose fall to 6-12 on the season and 4-3 in the Big South, while the Bulldogs improve to 10-8, 4-3.
Players of the Game
Janie Miles scored 14 points to lead the Blue Hose in the loss. The junior guard was near perfect on the night as she shot 4-for-4 from the field, 2-for-2 from beyond the arc, and 4-of-5 from the free-throw line. She added three rebounds and set a season high with four steals.
UNC Asheville was led by Chatori Major’s season high 31 points. The senior guard shot 9-of-19 from the floor, including 7-of-10 from long range, and converted all six of her free-throw attempts. Major finished with three boards, two assists, a block, and three steals.
Stat of the Game
Presbyterian entered the game ranked third in the conference in three-point field goal percentage defense (29.1), but allowed UNC Asheville to shoot 8-for-12 (66.7 percent) from deep on the night. The visitors made four deep balls in the second quarter. The mark ties the most by an opponent this season after the Blue Hose surrendered eight in a December 20 win at N.C. Central.
How It Happened
KJ Weaver opened the scoring with a layup and Riley Hemm answered with a jumper from the left side. The teams traded the lead several times early before Major put the Bulldogs ahead 8-6 with a three-pointer at the 5:52 mark. Sonoroa Dengokl had an opportunity for an old-fashioned three-point play, but missed her charity shot. Weaver recovered the rebound though and scored the follow-up to make it 12-6. Salina Virola halted the 7-0 run with back-to-back scores, but UNC Asheville seized control as a deep ball from Major kicked off another 7-0 run. The Bulldogs led 19-10 at the end of the opening quarter.
Miles recorded her first points with a bucket early in the second. Allie Wagner then followed with a layup, but Major connected from long range for her third trifecta of the night. After a Taylor Petty score, Jessica Wall knocked down a three-pointer to push the visitor’s lead to 25-16 (7:16). Kacie Hall answered in kind with PC’s first three of the game. UNC Asheville got into a 2:49 scoring drought, and Wagner made the most of a trip to the line with a pair of free shots. Hemm connected from beyond the arc to get the Blue Hose within 26-24, but the Bulldogs answered with yet another three from Major. The teams traded baskets before Miles went to the charity stripe and made both of her free-throws. Major hit her fifth three-pointer and Virola converted a pair of charity shots as UNC Asheville took a 35-30 lead into the locker rooms.
At the half, PC held the advantage in points scored in the paint (16-10) and points off the bench (13-0). The Blue Hose shot 11-of-23 (47.8 percent) from the field, 2-for-9 (22.2 percent) from beyond the arc, and 6-of-7 (85.7 percent) from the free-throw line.
PC started off the third with a Miles three-pointer. The Blue Hose stayed on the Bulldogs’ heels, a Hall three-pointer cutting the lead to 43-41 at the 4:20 mark. The quarter saw the teams trade a number of fouls as PC outscored the visitors 13-10 in the quarter. UNC Asheville took a narrow 45-43 lead into the final 10 minutes of play.
Virola put PC back in control with an old-fashioned three-point play to start the fourth, the team’s first lead since the 7:59 mark in the opening quarter. UNC Asheville took back the lead 50-48 with another three from Major, but Kaycie Reffner found Rebecca Walker wide open underneath for the uncontested basket. Four straight free throws by the Bulldogs kicked off an 11-0 run that ate up 5:39 before Miles and Storey scored back-to-back layups. The two put up a pair of three-pointers late, but PC trailed 65-60 with only :11 remaining. The Blue Hose were forced to send Dengokl to the line and she made both shots as UNC Asheville held on for the win.
- Right behind Miles in scoring was Virola with 13 points. The sophomore forward went 5-for-10 from the field and a perfect 3-for-3 from the charity stripe, adding four rebounds. Petty shot 4-for-6 from the field and made her only free throw to finish with nine points.
- Hemm tied her season high in scoring with five points. She shot 2-for-5 from the floor and 1-for-3 from long range. Wagner also tied a season best with a pair of steals.
- PC shot 22-of-49 (44.9 percent) from the floor, 6-of-18 (33.3 percent) from deep, and 10-of-11 (90.9 percent) from the charity stripe.
- The game featured three ties and eight lead changes. PC held the advantage in points in the paint (30-26), fast-break points (4-2) and bench productivity (20-8).
The Blue Hose are on the road Sunday, January 29 as PC travels to High Point, N.C. to take on the Panthers in a 1 p.m. ET Big South showdown at the Millis Center.