HIGH POINT, N.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team fell on the road to High Point 87-60 on Sunday afternoon at the Millis Center as the Panthers led wire-to-wire. The Blue Hose fall to 6-13 on the season and 4-4 in the Big South, while the Panthers improve to 6-13, 4-4.
Players of the Game
Cortney Storey and Janie Miles both finished with 18 points to lead the Blue Hose in the loss. Storey shot 7-of-15 from the field, including 2-for-4 from beyond the arc, and made both of her free-throws. The junior guard added four rebounds, four assists, a block and a steal. Miles went 5-of-7 from the floor, including 3-for-4 from deep, and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. She pulled down six boards and added an assist and two steals.
The Panthers were led by Kat Harris and Emma Bockrath, each netting 15 points. Harris shot 4-for-5, including 3-for-3 from long range, and converted all four of her charity shots. The junior guard added five rebounds and an assist. Bockrath made 5-of-12 from the floor, 2-for-4 from deep, and 3-for-3 from the line. The sophomore guard grabbed six rebounds with five assists, a block and a steal.
Stat of the Game
High Point shot 10-for-18 (55.6 percent) from beyond the arc, marking the most three-pointers scored by an opponent this season. The Panthers entered the game averaging 6.2 threes per game.
How It Happened
High Point opened the scoring with a Harris three-pointer. The junior guard then made it 7-0 after converting a pair of free-throws and a layup. Storey halted the run with a deep ball, but Bockrath responded in kind as the Panthers led 10-3 at the first media timeout (6:48). Following a Storey layup, Miles made the most of a trip to the line, sinking both charity shots to trim the lead to 10-7. The Panthers ended their drought with a Kennedy Currie hook shot. Camryn Brown followed with an old-fashioned three-point play as she got the bucket to fall and made her free shot. A Lindsey Edwards layup rounded out the 7-0 Panthers run. Kaycie Reffner knocked down a trifecta right before the buzzer as PC trailed 17-10 at the end of the opening quarter.
The Panthers scored five straight before Kacie Hall hit one from long range. After a pair of Harris free-throws, the teams traded three balls. Aianna Kelly got her first points with a three-pointer to cut the Panther lead to 27-19. Free-throws by Hall and Storey jumper at the top of the key made it 27-23, but High Point made back-to-back three balls to highlight a 9-0 run. Miles made a pair of free-throws and a three-pointer to bookend a Panthers bucket and conclude the opening half. High Point held a 38-28 lead as the teams went into the locker rooms.
PC shot 8-for-28 (28.6 percent) from the field, 6-of-19 (31.6 percent) from beyond the arc, and 6-for-6 (100.0 percent) from the line in the first half.
High Point started to pull away as the Panthers used a 12-4 run to start the third quarter. After PC called a timeout, Riley Hemm answered a 5-0 High Point run with a three-pointer to make it 55-35 at the 4:37 mark. The Panthers used a 9-4 run before Storey got a deep ball to fall. Bockrath sank a pair of free-throws and Storey got a layup to fall as High Point was in control 66-44 heading into the final quarter.
Miles got the basket to count and made the ensuing free-throw. She then followed her own effort with a three-pointer as PC trailed 72-50 early in the fourth quarter. Ericka Blackwell-Boyden and Taylor Petty both got to the line, shooting 3-for-3 to cut the Panther lead to 79-56. Hemm made second three-pointer of the game to make it 83-60, but High Point closed the game with a pair of baskets to seal the 87-60 win.
- Hall totaled eight points on the afternoon. The freshman guard shot 2-for-8 from beyond the arc and made both of her free shots, adding a rebound and an assist.
- Hemm saw 22 minutes of action, tying her season high. The freshman guard also played 22 minutes in a 50-48 win over Charleston Southern on January 17.
- PC shot 18-of-58 (31.0 percent) from the field, 11-of-32 (34.4 percent) from beyond the arc, and 13-of-15 (86.7 percent) from the free-throw line.
- High Point held the advantage in points scored in the paint (38-12), points off turnovers (23-13), second-chance points (12-6), and bench productivity (37-14). The teams tied in fast-break points, 8-8.
PC is back home this Tuesday, January 31 as the Blue Hose take on the Radford Highlanders in a 7 p.m. ET conference game at the Templeton Center.