LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Presbyterian College Women’s basketball team swept the season series against Liberty for the first time in school history with a 57-49 victory on Saturday at the Vines Center.
The Blue Hose end the regular season with a 17-12, 13-7 Big South Conference record, while the Flames close the season at 18-11, 15-5. PC enters the Big South Conference Tournament with the No. 5 seed, the second highest seed in Division I school history, and will face Gardner-Webb.
PC completed the 2015-16 regular season as the second winningest team in Division I school history, behind the 2012-13 squad that finished 19-10, 14-4 and took the No. 3 seed into the Big South Conference Tournament.
Cortney Storey (Fayetteville, Tenn.) tied a season-high, and led all scorers, with 15 points and added three assists, while Allie Wagner (Easley, S.C.) added 13 points and five rebounds. Aianna Kelly (Newport News, Va.) led the Blue Hose with seven rebounds and produced six points.
Catherine Kearney led Liberty with 13 points and nine rebounds, while Sadalia Ellis provided 13 points and seven rebounds. Ashley Rininger added 12 points and eight rebounds.
The Flames opened the game on a 10-3 run before the Blue Hose closed the first quarter on a 9-0 run. Wagner gave PC the lead win a made jumper a little more than a minute left in the period. The Blue Hose held Liberty to 20 percent (3-for-15) shooting in the first quarter.
Liberty took a two-point lead on two free throws from Kearney in the second quarter. The Blue Hose retook the lead on an and one from Janie Miles (Clemson, S.C.). The Blue Hose ended the half on a 6-0 run and took a 28-20 lead into the locker room.
The Flames opened the second half on an 8-4 run and cut the PC lead to 32-28. The Blue Hose responded with a 6-0 run and took a 38-28 lead, their largest of the game. Liberty closed the quarter on a 6-1 run while PC held a 39-34 lead into the final period.
Storey opened the fourth quarter with seven straight points and gave the Blue Hose a 46-40 lead with less than four minutes to play. The Blue Hose closed the game on a 7-4 run, including four-straight free throws to end the game.