CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team won on Senior Day as the Blue Hose earned a 64-50 win over Winthrop Monday night at the Templeton Center. PC improves to 11-17 overall and 9-8 in Big South play. The Eagles fall to 2-27, 1-16.
Players of the Game
The Blue Hose were paced by Cortney Storey’s 19 points. The junior guard shot 8-for-13 from the field, including 1-for-3 from beyond the arc, and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. She pulled down six rebounds and added five assists, a block, and a steal.
Erica Williams finished with 18 points to lead the Eagles in the loss. The senior forward went 7-for-13 from the field, 1-for-3 from deep, and 3-for-5 from the line. She grabbed seven boards and added three assists, a block, and a pair of steals.
Stat of the Game
PC outscored Winthrop 19-5 in the third quarter. The Blue Hose scored 10 unanswered to take back the lead for good.
How It Happened
The Eagles opened the scoring with a pair of Williams scores. Danyael Goodhope converted both of her free-throw attempts to make it 6-0 at the 4:56 mark. PC finally got on the board as Aianna Kelly went 1-for-2 from the line. After an Uchechi Ufochukwu bucket, Storey earned three points the old-fashioned way. The junior guard added a jumper shortly after to cut the Winthrop lead to 8-6 with 2:49 on the clock. Allie Wagner knotted the game at 8-8 as she spun around her defender for an uncontested score off the glass. The Blue Hose then grabbed their first lead 10-8 as Janie Miles went 2-for-2 from the charity stripe. The Eagles tied the game with a 2-for-2 effort from the line to conclude the first 10 minutes of play.
PC started the second quarter with a Miles layup, but Goodhope responded with an old-fashioned three-point play. Rebecca Walker put the Blue Hose back on top as she connected from beyond the arc. Williams answered in kind before Salina Virola followed her own missed shot. The teams continued to trade the lead before Angela Coello Perez got the layup to count and made the free-throw. The three-point play gave the guests a 21-19 lead, but Kaycie Reffner put up a floater in the lane for another tie. After Williams got back-to-back scores, Walker made a shot from distance. Williams answered with yet another old-fashioned three to push the Eagles’ lead to 28-24 with :57 remaining in the half. Goodhope added a late score as Winthrop went into the break ahead 30-24.
The Blue Hose shot 9-for-33 (27.3 percent) from the field, 2-for-13 (15.4 percent) from long range, and 4-for-5 (80.0 percent) from the free-throw line in the first half. The score was tied four times and featured eight lead changes. Winthrop held the advantage in points in the paint (18-12), points off turnovers (6-2), and bench points (11-8).
PC scored 10 unanswered to take back the lead early in the third quarter. Miles converted a pair of charity shots and scored a bucket to ignite the run. Goodhope made both of her free shots for Winthrop’s first points of the second half. Storey knocked down a trifecta from the top of the key, but Noell Kellers answered with a three-pointer of her own. The Blue Hose went on another run, scoring six unanswered to head into the final quarter up 43-35.
Kellers hit another shot from distance to open the final quarter. The Eagles scored another pair of buckets before Kelly halted the 7-0 run with a jumper. Miles connected from deep to make it 48-42 at the 6:54 mark. Kacie Hall made a pair of long-range shots to push their lead to 54-47 with 4:18 remaining in the game. A couple of Kelly free-throws gave PC a double-digit lead, 58-48, with 1:49 to play. The Eagles did not make a field goal in the final 4:45 of play and PC earned the 64-50 victory.
- Miles followed Storey in scoring with 11 points and Wagner contributed nine points. Miles was 3-for-8 on the day, including 1-for-4 from the arc, and converted all four of her charity shots. She added three rebounds with an assist and a steal. Wagner shot 4-for-11, including 1-for-5 from deep. She added a rebound and a steal to her total.
- Kelly led the seniors with seven points after shooting 1-for-6 from the floor and 5-for-6 from the line. She collected three boards with an assist and a steal.
- Reffner set a career high as she led the team with seven rebounds.
- PC shot 23-of-68 (33.8 percent) from the field, 7-of-33 (21.2 percent) from beyond the arc, and 11-of-12 (91.7 percent) from the free-throw line.
- The game featured five ties and nine lead changes. PC held the advantage in points scored in the paint (28-26), points off turnovers (20-11), second-chance points (13-4), fast-break points (6-0), and bench points (28-21).
- With the win, PC sweeps the conference series for just the second time in the all-time series. The Blue Hose earned a pair of wins against the Eagles last season.
Up NextPC concludes the regular season this Saturday, March 4 as the Blue Hose head north to Farmville, Va. for a 2 p.m. ET Big South game against Longwood.