CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team had three players score in double figures in a 64-54 win over Campbell on Saturday at the Templeton Center. PC held the lead for 29 minutes and two seconds.
The Blue Hose improved to 15-10, 11-5 in the Big South Conference, while Campbell went to 10-15, 5-11 on the season. PC travels to Conway, S.C. for a 7 p.m. matchup on Tuesday against Coastal Carolina.
With the win, PC moved into sole possession of second in Division I school history wins and conference wins in a single season. The Blue Hose also moved back into third place in the Big South with Gardner-Webb falling to Charleston Southern, 66-63, earlier in the day.
Salina Virola (Huntsville, Ala.) led all scorers with 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor, including 3-of-3 from behind the three-point line and 2-of-2 from the free throw line. Taylor Petty (Spartanburg, S.C.) knocked down 13 points, while Aianna Kelly (Newport News, Va.) fell a rebound short of a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds. Cortney Storey (Fayetteville, Tenn.) tied a season-high with seven assists.
Summer Price led Campbell with 14 points, six rebounds and three steals, while Amanda Coffer added 12 points and three rebounds. RaeChaun Edwards dished a team-best five assists.
The Camels started the game on a 7-0 run before Kelly knocked down a three-pointer and put the Blue Hose on the scoreboard. The teams traded three-point field goals before Virola added one more and pulled PC within a possession at 12-9. Petty got fouled shooting a three, went to the line and converted all three free throws. The game stood tied, 12-12, after the first period. PC’s points came off three three-pointers and three free throws.
The Blue Hose started the second period on an 8-0 run on, two threes from Rebecca Walker (Snellville, Ga.) and a layup from Petty, that opened a 20-12 lead. Campbell went on a 5-0 run and cut the PC lead to 22-20 before the Blue Hose responded with a 5-0 run. The Camels closed the half on a 5-2 run while PC held a 29-25 halftime lead.
PC opened the second half on a 9-3 run and took a 38-28 advantage. Virola knocked down a three-pointer and gave the Blue Hose a 44-32 lead, their largest of the game to that point. Coffer responded with a three of her own and cut the lead to 44-35. Kelly ended the third period when she went coast-to-coast and converted a layup. PC held a 50-39 lead into the final period.
The Blue Hose started the final period on a 6-0 run and took a 55-39 lead, their largest of the game. Campbell cut the game down to single digits multiple times in the fourth, but PC had an answer at every turn. Storey put the game out of reach on a made layup with 35 seconds left in the game.
PC connected on 10 three-pointers in the game, its sixth time converting 10-plus three’s this season. The Blue Hose held a 15-6 second chance points and a 23-15 bench points advantage in the game.