ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team’s comeback fell short against UNC Asheville, 68-59, Tuesday night at Kimmel Arena. PC cut the Asheville lead to four points in the final period.
The Blue Hose fell to 11-8, 7-3 in the Big South Conference, while the Bulldogs improved to 15-4, 8-2 in the conference. PC returns home to host Gardner-Webb 5 p.m. Saturday at the Templeton Center.
Taylor Petty (Spartanburg, S.C.) led the Blue Hose with 12 point and grabbed three rebounds, while Rebecca Walker (Snellville, Ga.) poured in 11 points and pulled in four rebounds.
Chatori Major led all scorers with 20 points and added four rebounds, while Bronaza Fitzgerald knocked down 13 points and eight rebounds.
Cortney Storey (Fayetteville, Tenn.) converted a layup and gave the Blue Hose a 6-2 lead to start the game, their largest of the game. The Bulldogs responded with a 13-2 run and led 16-10 before Storey beat the buzzer with a jumper. PC trailed 16-12 after the first quarter.
UNC Asheville opened the second period on a 15-3 run and extended its lead to 31-15, its largest of the game. The Blue Hose ended the half on a 7-2 run when Allie Wagner (Easley, S.C.) sank a three-pointer before the halftime buzzer. PC trailed 33-22 at the halftime break.
PC chipped away the Bulldogs lead in the third quarter and pulled within seven on a made layup by Petty. UNC Asheville extended the lead to 14, 46-32, on a made jumper by Tianna Knuckles before the Blue Hose made another strong push. PC held Asheville scoreless for the final two minutes and 40 seconds of the period and went on an 8-0 run. Walker sank a jumper as the quarter expired and PC trailed 46-40 into the final period.
Salina Virola (Huntsville, Ala.) opened the fourth quarter with a made layup and cut the Asheville lead to 46-42. The Bulldogs pushed out to a 14-point lead, 63-49, before PC put on a full-court press. PC went on a 7-0 run with a little more than a minute remaining and cut the lead to 63-56. UNC Asheville closed the game with five free throws to put the game away.
The Blue Hose held a 36-20 points in the paint advantage and grabbed 15 offensive rebounds in the game.