BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech used a 27-11 third quarter to rally past the Presbyterian College women’s basketball team in a 58-44 win Friday night at Cassell Coliseum in the season opener. The Blue Hose led 21-19 after outscoring the Hokies 13-7 in the second quarter.

Freshman guard Taylor Petty (Spartanburg, S.C.) powered the Blue Hose with 12 points and played 25 minutes in her collegiate debut. Cortney Storey (Fayetteville, Tenn.) provided 11 points, on five-of-six shooting, and four assists.

“We know that Taylor can really shoot it,” PC coach Ronny Fisher said. “When we broke the press and made a couple passes, she got some good looks at it. She’s a very good player, very confident, and we want to get her many shots as we can. I’m proud of her offense tonight.”

Janie Miles (Clemson, S.C.) knocked down two free-throws with 3:06 remaining in the first quarter to get within one at 7-6. The Hokies ended the quarter on a 5-2 run to pull ahead 12-8.

Storey drained a 3-pointer to start the scoring off in the second quarter.  Petty scored two free-throws to give the Blue Hose their second lead of the game. PC ran with momentum and opened up an 11-0 run before the Hokies scored with 3:44 left in the half.

The Blue Hose outscored VT 13-7 in the second quarter and took a 21-19 lead into the locker room. PC held the Hokies to 25.0 percent (7-for-28) shooting from the floor and 10.0 percent (1-for-10) from deep in the first half.

Virginia Tech opened the second half with a 3-pointer to tie the game 35 seconds in. The Hokies went on a 12-3 stretch to begin the third quarter and took a 33-24 lead with 3:58 remaining.  VT would go on to win the third quarter 27-11.

The Blue Hose spilt the final period with the Hokies, 12-12, and Storey provided six points in the quarter.

“They put a press on us in the third quarter and we turned the ball over too much,” Fisher said. “Our turnovers led to lay-ups and 3-pointers in transition, and that was the biggest difference.”

Presbyterian plays its second straight road contest 7 p.m. Monday at Kennesaw State.