Clinton, S.C. – Charleston Southern outlasted the Blue Hose rally in the fourth quarter and prevailed past PC by a 64-61 score on Tuesday night at the Templeton Center. Janie Miles led the way with 14 points while Cortney Storey finished with 12 points, nine assists, five rebounds and two steals and Tess Santos poured in 10 points and a career high tying eight rebounds.
Player of the Game
For the fourth time in the last five games Storey finished with nine or more assists. She now has 124 on the season and averages a Big South best 6.2 per game, she also chipped in 12 points, five rebounds and two steals. The two steals give her 200 for her career and makes her the first person in PC history to reach 1,000 points (1,173), 400 assists (470) and 200 steals (200). Miles scored 14 points on the night and is now just four points shy of 1,000 for her career. Over the last five games she averages exactly 15.0 points per game. Santos tallied her second career double figure effort with 10 points and also grabbed a career high tying eight rebounds.
Stat of the Game
The contrasting style of play is the stat of the game as the Blue Hose made 12 three-pointers for a third straight game and finished with a 36-6 advantage in points from behind the arc. The Buccaneers finished with a 42-10 advantage in points in the paint.
Salina Virola got the scoring started just over a minute into the game with a three-ball, Santos scored her first bucket next followed by a Miles three and the Blue Hose were out and running to a 15-2 start. With PC leading 17-4 the Buccaneers finished the quarter on a 7-4 run to make it 21-11 after one.
The second quarter was a defensive struggle as CSU won the period 11-8. The Blue Hose forced seven Buccaneers turnovers but CSU shot 45.5 percent from the field when it did not turn the ball over and cut the deficit to seven, 29-22 at the half.
Charleston Southern opened the second half on an 8-3 run to pull within two at 32-30 but following a PC timeout the Blue Hose went back up six, 36-30. CSU answered with a 9-0 run and it took its first lead at 37-36 with 3:41 to play in the third.
The Buccaneers took their biggest lead of the night at 52-42 with 6:56 to play. That is when Storey gathered career steal number 200 and raced down the floor for a lay-up and one on the foul. The old fashioned three-point play by Storey sparked a 14-2 PC run that saw the Blue Hose take a 56-54 lead with 4:21 to play. Charleston Southern answered a with a 10-5 run of its own and prevailed 64-61 as Miles’ last second three came up just short.
“I am disappointed that we could not sustain the early momentum and capitalize on our strong start,” said coach Todd Steelman. “Charleston Southern never quit attacking and we did not respond like I had hoped. It is another learning experience for our young players, and we will continue to work to improve. I am very proud of what Cortney has accomplished—her statistics speak for themselves and she is establishing herself as one of the finest players in PC history.”
For the Record
Charleston Southern moves to 8-12, 3-6 in Big South play while the Blue Hose move to 7-13, 4-5 in the Big South.
The Blue Hose made exactly 12 three-pointers for a third straight game and finished with 10+ for a record fifth straight game.
PC had a record 45 three-point attempts. This is a Big South record for three-point attempts in a Big South game.
Presbyterian recorded a season high 42 rebounds, including a season high 17 offensive rebounds.
PC shot 7-8 from the free throw line and continues to lead the Big South at 76.4 percent from the charity stripe.
For a third time in the last five games Storey finished one assists shy of a double-double.
Storey has nine or more assists in four of the last five games and in the five game stretch averages 13.6 points and 9.2 assists per game.
Storey recorded career steal number 200 tonight becoming the first player in PC history with 1,000 points, 400 assists and 200 steals over the course of a career.
Miles finished with 14 points and now has 996 for her career, four shy of 1,000.
Miles is averaging 15.0 points per game over the last five games.
Santos finished the game with 10 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one steal. This was her second career game with 10+ points.
Presbyterian travels to Lynchburg, Va. on Saturday for a showdown with the Liberty Flames. The Flames are 13-8 and 8-1 in the Big South and sit alone in first place. PC fell to Liberty 76-64 on January 2.