ROCK HILL, S.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team knocked down a season best 15 three-pointers en route to a 78-39 wire-to-wire victory Saturday afternoon at the Winthrop Coliseum. The Blue Hose improve to 6-11 on the season and 4-2 in the Big South, while the Eagles fall to 1-17, 0-6.
Players of the Game
Kacie Hall netted 11 points with six rebounds, Rebecca Walker scored 11 points with five boards, and Aianna Kelly totaled 11 points with four rebounds to pace the Blue Hose in the victory. Hall shot 4-of-12 from the field, including 3-for-9 from long range, and added an assist and four steals. Walker shot 4-for-8, including a perfect 3-for-3 from deep, with three assists. Kelly made 4-of-6 shots and 3-of-4 from three-point range. The senior guard picked up an assist and a steal.
Danyael Goodhope and Angela Coello Perez both finished with nine points to lead the Eagles. Goodhope shot 4-of-12 from the field, including 1-for-1 from beyond the arc, and added five boards, three assists, a block, and a steal. Coello Perez went 3-for-7 from the floor, including 2-for-5 from deep, with four rebounds, a block, and a steal.
Stat of the Game
The Blue Hose dominated the specialty stats, leading the Eagles in points in the paint (31-18), points off turnovers (21-5), second-chance points (19-1), fast-break points (19-6), and bench points (36-20).
How It Happened
PC got on the board with an early three-pointer from Hall. Winthrop then answered with a Goodhope layup. Taylor Petty earned an old-fashioned three-point play to make it 6-2 early. The Eagles got an Amari Grevious jumper to fall, but Cortney Storey ran the length of the floor and scored the bucket as the Blue Hose were up 8-4 at the first media timeout. Petty got a steal and break-away basket, Kaycie Reffner followed with an outside jumper, and Walker knocked down a deep shot as the Blue Hose went on an 11-0 run late.
PC gave itself a lot of second-chance looks early in the second with a number of offensive rebounds. The strong effort on the glass led to Walker’s second three-pointer, and a Kelly steal led to an Allie Wagner score. The Eagles responded with a three from Perez to make it 22-14 with 6:35 left in the opening half. Following an Eagles layup, Wagner put up a basket and Storey drained one from long range to ignite a 10-0 Blue Hose run. Perez ended the Winthrop drought with a shot from the line, but Salina Virola scored her first points and Kelly put up a three ball that rattled around before falling in. Hall beat the buzzer for her third three-pointer of the day, capping off an 18-1 run as PC went into the locker room in control 40-17.
At the half, PC held the advantage in turnovers (4-10), points off turnovers (16-2), rebounds (31-19), second-chance points (16-0), points in the paint (20-6), fast-break points (14-2), and bench points (15-7).
Goodhope scored a jumper to start the third quarter. After Petty went to the line and converted 1-of-2, Goodhope connected from deep to get PC’s lead back under 20, 41-22 with just under seven minutes. The teams then traded several baskets before Walker scored her third trifecta of the day. Winthrop started to find its rhythm as the Eagles made 5-of-7 from the floor, but Riley Hemm and Kelly knocked down three-pointers in kind. Uchechi Ufochukwu made a charity shot for the Eagles to head into final quarter trailing PC 59-35.
Janie Miles recorded her first points of the game with a free throw and a layup to start the final quarter. The Blue Hose continued to shoot well from beyond the arc as Storey and Wagner put up back-to-back threes. PC held the Eagles scoreless for 3:24 and Petty and Hemm scored deep balls to round out the scoring.
- The Blue Hose had four players finish in double figures: Hall, Walker, and Kelly each finished with 11 points, while Storey totaled 10 points.
- Storey was close to a double-double as she led the team with eight assists.
- Multiple Blue Hose recorded individual season highs: Hall had six boards and four steals; Hemm had season bests with two threes, four rebounds, eight points, and a pair of steals; Walker posted highs with three deep balls and 11 points; Kelly recorded a high in points with 11; Erica Blackwell-Boyden pulled down four rebounds; and Allie Wagner earned her first assist of the year.
- PC shot 29-of-78 (37.2 percent) from the floor, 15-of-37 (40.5 percent) from deep, and 5-of-8 (62.5 percent) from the charity stripe.
- PC recorded season highs in points (78), field goals made (29), field goal attempts (78), three-point field goals made (15), rebounds (53), and assists (22). The Blue Hose tied their season highs for both three-point attempts (37) and steals in a game (12). The 15 three-pointers also mark a program high in Division I history.
The Blue Hose are back home at the Templeton Center on Tuesday, January 24 as PC square off with UNC Asheville in a 7 p.m. ET Big South game.