SPOKANE, Wash. – The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team fell to West Coast Conference opponent Gonzaga, 79-39, on Saturday afternoon at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Wash. The Blue Hose fall to 0-7 on the season, while the Bulldogs, who have received votes in both major polls, improved to 6-2.
Players of the Game
Cortney Storey led the Blue Hose in the contest, totaling 14 points and six rebounds in the game. The guard was 4-of-12 from the field, including a pair of makes from behind the arc, and went 4-of-4 from the field.
Jilll Barta led the Bulldogs with 22 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. The guard connected on 9-of-13 shots from the field and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe.
Stat of the Game
Presbyterian went 10-of-11 from the free throw line in the game for a percentage of 90.9, its best mark of the season with at least 10 attempts.
How It Happened
The two teams got off to a slow start, combining to make just one of their first 13 shots in the contest. Gonzaga took control of the game midway through the opening quarter, going on an 11-2 run to take an 11-point lead at 15-4. Taylor Petty would cut in to it with a four-point play, nailing a three-pointer and the ensuing free throw to make it 15-8 game before a two by the Bulldogs to end the quarter pushed it to 17-8.
The second quarter went much like the first, as the Gonzaga defense held PC to just 2-of-8 shooting in the period. Petty hit her second three of the game to get the Blue Hose started in the second frame but PC managed just two free throws and a field goal the rest of the way. The Zags extended their lead to 16 points at the break, 31-15, making 6-of-16 field goals in the quarter. Of PC’s 15 field goals attempts in the opening 20 minutes, 14 came from behind the arc, while the team was perfect from the free throw line, going 7-of-7.
Gonzaga recorded its best quarter of the contest in the third quarter, holding a 24-9 advantage in the period to extend its lead to 55-24. The Bulldogs controlled the quarter with an 18-3 run over the first seven minutes to pull away. The Zags led the fourth quarter, 24-15, en route to the 79-39 victory over the Blue Hose. PC was 7-of-19 from the field in the final quarter, its best period of the game, with Kacie Hall scoring seven of her nine points in the final 10 minutes.
- Taylor Petty recorded a season-high nine points in the loss, while Kacie Hall added nine points, coming up just shy of her second straight game with at least 10 points. Hall totaled 11 points in the team’s last game at ECU.
- Kendra Talley scored her first basket of the year in just her second action of the season, adding a rebound and an assist in a career-high-tying 15 minutes of play.
Presbyterian will not return to action until December 15, following exams, with its sixth straight road game. The Blue Hose are set to travel to UNCG for an 11 a.m. meeting on Education Day.