Clinton, S.C. - Three players finished in double figures led by Kacie Hall's 16 points and Cortney Storey's program record 14 assists and the Blue Hose defeated Winthrop 78-45 on Tuesday night in the Templeton Center. Janie Miles finished a rebound shy of a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds and Salina Virola had her best game of the season with 13 points and eight rebounds.
Player of the Game
Hall with 16 points, three assists and two steals; Miles with 15 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals; Virola with 13 points on 4-4 shooting and 4-4 from the free throw line as well as eight rebounds and Storey who finished with seven points, a PC Division I record 14 assists and six steals all are deserving of Player of the Game.
Stat of the Game
Presbyterian recorded a season high 41 rebounds, including 13 offensive rebounds. Both of these numbers are season highs. The Blue Hose finished the game +7 in rebounding margin and +12 in turnover margin as they forced a season high 32 turnovers and had a season high 15 steals. These figures led to a 31-9 advantage in points off turnovers.
Winthrop got off to a hot start as it led 11-3 halfway through the first quarter but the Blue Hose settled in and outscored the Eagles 10-4 the rest of the way in the quarter. Miles hit a pair of threes with a Tamminen layup cup-caked in between. The Blue Hose had the passing game working as they assisted on four five made field goals and Winthrop led 15-13 after one.
PC went on a 7-0 run in the first 1:10 of the second quarter and caused Winthrop to call a timeout. Presbyterian turned it into a 17-3 run giving them its biggest lead at 30-18, Winthrop settled in and cut it to 35-24 at the half. The Blue Hose assisted on 11 of 14 made field goals in the first half as Storey had five first half assists while Miles led the way with eight points.
The Blue Hose hit a pair of threes by Miles and Hall and they were off and running in the second half. PC hit five second half threes and outscored the Eagles 43-21 in the second half. Storey finished the second half with nine assists and the Blue Hose had 12 assists on 14 made field goals in the second half as they finished the game with 23 assists on 28 made shots, both season highs. 11 different players logged minutes, eight of them played double figures in minutes and nine players scored as the Blue Hose shared the ball their best all season.
“Conference wins do not come easy,” said coach Todd Steelman. “Tonight was no exception. Winthrop battled early, and we had to adjust and increase our intensity. Once we did that, we made it difficult for them to score. It was good to have balance in our attack, but we need to value the ball more as we move forward. Salina (Virola) made a huge contribution tonight, which was great for us. Janie (Miles), Cortney (Storey) and Kacie (Hall) gave us the solid play we have become accustomed to.”
For the Record
The Blue Hose won their third game in four tries and improved to 6-12 overall and 3-4 in Big South play while Winthrop dropped to 1-17, 0-7 in Big South play.
The Blue Hose defeated the Eagles for a fifth straight time, all coming by at least 11 points.
PC made 12 three-pointers which ties for the seventh most makes in a game. It also had a program record 40 three-point attempts.
Presbyterian recorded 23 assists, the fifth most in a single game and second most against a Division I foe.
PC tallied 15 steals, its most this season and sixth most all-time.
The Blue Hose now have 160 made three-pointers, their third most all-time and average a Big South leading 8.9 three-point makes per game. That is two more makes per game than the next closest; Campbell at 6.9.
PC now averages 13.2 assists per game, its second best average for a season behind the 13.4 it averaged in 2012-13.
Storey set the PC record for assists in a single game with 14, that is also the most assists in a single game in the Big South this season.
Storey’s six steals is tied for the fourth most in a single game. The record is seven and it has been done three times. Six steals also tied the most in the Big South in a game this season.
Over the last four games Storey now has a 6.6/1 assist to turnover ratio.
Miles has now scored 15 points exactly in three straight games. She is 34 shy of 1,000 for her career.
Miles’ nine rebounds is a season high and the six made field goals and two steals tie her season highs.
Santos tied her season and career high with three steals.
Mattie Kennedy finished with seven points, her best total since scoring eight at Belmont.
Virola had her best game of the season scoring 13 points and eight rebounds.
Ericka Blackwell-Boyden had two blocks tying her career high.
The Blue Hose travel to Asheville, N.C. to take on the UNC Asheville Bulldogs at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 27. The two teams have met 23 times with the Bulldogs leading the series 13-10 all-time.