Asheville, N.C. – Cortney Storey made the game-winning layup with two seconds remaining and the Presbyterian College Blue Hose defeated the UNC Asheville Bulldogs 76-74 on the road at Kimmel Arena on Saturday afternoon. Kacie Hall led the Blue Hose with her third 20-point effort in the last five games as well as two assists and two steals. Storey had 19 points, nine assists and four steals while Janie Miles had 16 points with four rebounds and four assists. The trio combined to score 55 of the Blue Hose’s 76 points.
Players of the Game
Storey finished off a stellar week with another impressive line scoring 19, recording nine assists and four steals. For the week she averaged 13.0 points, 11.5 assists and 5.0 steals in two wins over Winthrop and UNC Asheville. Hall chipped in her third career 20-point game, all three coming in the last five games and Miles had a fourth straight game with at least 15 points, this time scoring 16. Miles is now 18 points shy of 1,000 for her career.
Stat of the Game
Free throws played a big role in this game as the Blue Hose finished 14-16 from the charity strip while UNC Asheville struggled to a 10-21 day from the line.
UNC Asheville scored the first 11 points of the game jumping out to an 11-0 lead before Macee Tamminen got the scoring started for the Blue Hose at the 4:28 mark of the first period. The Bulldogs went on a 9-2 run over the next three minutes taking their biggest lead of the game at 20-5 with 1:24 to play, PC finished the quarter on a 7-0 run making it 20-12 after the first 10 minutes.
A 7-0 run gave Asheville its second 15-point lead of the half but Storey scored four straight points to spark the Blue Hose as PC went on a 9-0 run of its own to cut the deficit to six at 27-21. The two teams traded baskets back and forth and then PC finished the half on an 8-2 run to tie the game 38-38. PC went 7-17 from three in the first half.
Presbyterian jumped out to its largest lead at 54-43 as the Blue Hose defense dominated the first eight minutes of the third period. Salina Virola scored the first five points of the third, and Hall scored six as well helping to build the 11-point lead. The Bulldogs finished the last two-minutes on an 8-2 run to cut the Blue Hose lead to 56-51 heading into the final frame.
UNC Asheville started the fourth period on a 7-0 run to reclaim the lead at 58-56, it was its first lead since the second quarter. Storey came right back with a lay-up and one giving the lead back to PC at 59-58. The game went back and forth the rest of the way, Miles gave the Blue Hose a 67-63 lead with four minutes to play but the Bulldogs answered with a 5-0 to go up one. PC came back with a 5-0 run of its own to go back up 72-68 with 1:20 to play. A three-pointer by Asheville’s Zip Scott tied the game at 74-74 with 12 seconds to play. That is when Storey took the inbounds pass and went down the middle of the lane putting the Blue Hose up 76-74. Storey stole the ball at the other end and PC won 76-74 on the road.
“I am so proud of our team for how they responded following a tough start,” said coach Todd Steelman. “We knew it would be a challenge playing Asheville, but we kept plugging away and got tougher as the game went along. This gives us confidence and the belief that we can beat anyone in our league when we really focus and connect on both ends of the floor. I am fortunate, too, to have great guard play from kids like Cortney (Storey), Kacie (Hall) and Janie (Miles).”
For the Record
The Blue Hose won their second straight and fourth in five games as they evened their conference record at 4-4 and are 7-12 overall. UNC Asheville drops to 9-10 overall and 6-2 in the Big South.
The Blue Hose recorded their fourth straight game making 10+ three-point basketball and ninth overall this season. They are 3-1 in the last four and 5-4 overall.
Presbyterian finished 12-30 from three, a 43.1 percent clip.
PC has made 25 or more field goals in four of the last five games and are 4-0 in those games.
PC now averages 9.1 made three-points baskets per game. That is the top mark in the Big South.
The Blue Hose continue to lead the Big South in free throw percentage as they shoot them at 76.1 percent clip.
Hall recorded her third career 20-point game, all three have come in the last five games overall.
Storey finished with 19 points, nine assists and four steals in the contest.
Storey now sits two steals away from becoming the first Blue Hose player to ever record 1,000+ points, 400+ assists and 200+ steals. She currently has 1,161 points, 461 assists and 198 steals.
Miles is now in the midst of her best four game stretch of her career as she had 16 points and four assists. Over the last four she has scored 15,15,15 and 16.
Miles now has 982 career points and 191 career assists as she approaches the milestones of 1,000 points and 200 assists.
Tess Santos had her second best rebounding game of the season as she led the team with seven boards.
Ericka Blackwell-Boyden tied her career high with six rebounds.
Presbyterian College returns home on Tuesday to face the Charleston Southern Buccaneers at 7:00 p.m. The Blue Hose have won seven of eight versus the Bucaneers.