ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team closed the 2015-16 season with a 65-55 loss to UNC Asheville on Saturday in the Big South Championship semifinals at Kimmel Arena. The two teams set a tournament record with a combined 19 three-pointers in the game.
Petty led the Blue Hose with 14 points and four three-pointers, while Storey added 13 points and four assists. Rebecca Walker(Snellville, Ga.) pulled down a team-best six rebounds and added four points.
Chatori Major led all scorers with 22 points and hauled in five rebounds for Asheville, while Tianna Knuckles added 15 points and six rebounds.
The two teams traded buckets before Aianna Kelly (Newport News, Va.) knocked down a three-pointer and gave the Blue Hose an 8-6 lead with 8:04 left in the first quarter. Asheville then went on a 7-0 run that closed the scoring in the first.
The Bulldogs took a 13-8 lead after the first period.
The Blue Hose held Asheville scoreless for the final four and a half minutes of the quarter.
The Blue Hose opened the second quarter on a 4-0 run and pulled within one at 13-12. Asheville responded with a 10-2 run and extended its lead to 23-14. Storey hit a deep three-pointer and cut the lead to 23-17. Janie Miles (Clemson, S.C.) traded three-pointers with the Bulldogs and kept the Blue Hose within six, 29-23. Storey knocked down a triple right before the buzzer as Asheville took a 29-26 lead into the locker room.
Storey led off the third quarter with a layup and pulled PC within one, 29-28. The Bulldogs went on a 7-0 run and extended the lead to 37-29. The Blue Hose responded with a 7-0 run and stayed within one at 37-36. Asheville then went on a 9-2 run and opened a 46-38 lead. Petty got fouled and converted a layup. Yakima Clifton (Durham, N.C.) got the offensive rebound off a missed free throw and Petty connected on a triple, which gavethe Blue Hose a five-point possession. PC trailed 46-43 into the final quarter.
The Bulldogs started the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run before Allie Wagner (Easley, S.C.) converted an and one for PC and cut the lead to 54-46. Petty knocked down back-to-back three-pointers and slimmed the Asheville lead to 58-52. The Bulldogs closed the game on a 7-3 run, all seven points on free throws.
This season, the PC squad established themselves in the record books. Not only did The Blue Hose advance to the semifinals of the Big South Championship for the first time in school history they now sit second in Division I school history with 18 wins.
This team finished first in PC DI history in points (1,880), three-point field goals made (217), scoring average (60.6), field goals made (650), free throws made (363), free throw percentage (.727), offensive rebounds (369), steals (258) and scoring margin (6.8).
The team set a school record four players on the Big South All-Conference teams, including Big South Freshman of the Year for back-to-back seasons. They Blue Hose combined for a school record 14 three-pointers against Longwood onFebruary 1 at the Templeton Center. The team swept the season series against Liberty and Winthrop for the first time in school history this season as well.
Cortney Storey (Fayetteville, Tenn.) set a school record with 126 assists in the season, while Salina Virola (Huntsville, Ala.) now sits in first with a .489 three-point percentage. Taylor Petty(Spartanburg, S.C.) holds second with 354 points and third with 74 three-point field goals, both are the most by a freshman in school history
The Blue Hose end the season with an 18-13 record, while UNC Asheville improves to 25-6 on the year, advancing to the league championship Sunday.
Presbyterian now waits on word for an at-large bid into a post season tournament.