CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team started off Big South conference play with a 65-55 victory over Longwood on Tuesday night at the Templeton Center in Clinton, S.C. The Blue Hose improve to 3-9 on the season and 1-0 in the Big South, while the Lancers fall to 3-9, 0-1.
Players of the Game
Taylor Petty led the Blue Hose with 15 points and six rebounds. The sophomore guard shot 4-for-10 from the floor, including 3-of-8 from beyond the arc, and converted 4-of-5 charity attempts. She added three steals on defense.
Dayna Rouse’s 17 points and six rebounds paced the Lancers. The guard/forward went 8-for-15 from the field and added a block and a steal on defense.
Stat of the Game
PC made 13-of-37 shots from beyond the arc to set season highs in both three-pointers and three-point attempts.
How It Happened
After Longwood opened the scoring with a couple of free throws, PC took over with back-to-back three-pointers from Aianna Kelly and Kacie Hall. The visitors cut the lead to 11-10 with a layup at the 1:47 mark, but Cortney Storey converted a pair of free throws and Kelly connected with another three-pointer to give the Blue Hose a 16-10 lead.
In the second, PC continued to take shots from out deep as the Blue Hose knocked down another five three-pointers. The Lancers made a pair of free throws to trim the lead to 14-20, but PC took off on a 17-0 run. The Blue Hose stepped up the pressure, collecting five steals and forcing seven Longwood turnovers to keep the guests off the scoreboard for over four minutes of play. A Storey layup as the clock expired gave the Blue Hose a 44-28 lead at the break.
Longwood started to ramp up its defense in the second half, causing nine PC turnovers and holding the Blue Hose scoreless for nearly four minutes. The Lancers used an 8-0 run to help cut the lead down to 52-39. Storey then made a pair of free throws and Virola sank another deep ball before Longwood answered with a three of its own. The score made it 56-42 heading into the final quarter.
The Lancers threatened to come back late, outscoring the Blue Hose 13-9 in the closing quarter. Longwood started with a 7-0 run to get within 56-49 with 7:43 remaining. Hall and Virola responded with a pair of three-pointers, but the Lancers would not go away and went on a 6-0 run. With 4:10 remaining in the game, however, PC played keep away and ate up the remainder of the clock.
- The Blue Hose had three players reach double-digit scoring as Janie Miles and Storey followed Petty with 11 points each.
- Both Salina Virola and Kelly were close to double-double performances on the night. Virola netted eight points and pulled down a season-high 10 boards. Kelly totaled nine points with eight rebounds, also season highs.
- The Blue Hose converted 14-of-17 free-throw attempts to shoot 82.4 percent from the charity stripe. It marks the team’s second-best performance from the line this season after PC’s 20-for-23 (87.0 percent) effort against Belmont on December 22.
- PC scored more points off turnovers (24-19), scored more second-chance points (10-4), and had more fast break points (2-0). PC led for 37:41 and was up by as many as 23 (4:16 in the 2nd).
- The Blue Hose turned in their highest scoring quarter of the season with 28 points in the second.
Up NextPresbyterian travels to Boiling Springs, N.C. for a 2 p.m. ET Big South game at Gardner-Webb on Saturday.