Opponent: at Furman
Date: January 2, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Site: Timmons Arena (Greenville, S.C.)
TV Broadcast: ESPN+
Live Stats: www.FurmanPaladins.com
Series: 16th meeting, Furman leads 11-4
Last Meeting: PC won 76-75 OT, 12/30/17
Last Game: Dec. 30, L 66-53 at South Carolina
Head Coach: Jackie Carson, 9th season
Career Record: 132-130, 9th season
Furman Record: same
Last Game: Dec. 28, L 83-59 at Georgia
Head Coach: Alaura Sharp, 1st season
Career Record: 97-71, 6 seasons
PC Record: 2-8, 1st season
Presbyterian College and Furman will meet for the 16th time in the series. The Paladins hold an 11-4 lead, but the Blue Hose took a 76-75 OT win last season on December 30, 2017. Kacie Hall scored all of her 11 points in the final five minutes plus overtime, and PC sank 15 three pointers compared to Furman’s one.
Presbyterian College is in the near the end of a five-game road stretch with games at Davidson, College of Charleston, Georgia, Furman and Campbell. Their next home game will be on January 8 against Longwood.
In their road loss at Davidson, the Blue Hose sank a season-best 20-of-28 free throws (.800). The last time PC had a FT% above .800 with +20 makes was at Charleston Southern (3/3/18) last season when the team shot 20-of-22 (.909).
Presbyterian College has shot .500 or better from behind the three-point line on three occasions this season: at Tennessee, vs Georgia Southern and at Davidson. The team accomplished this feat only three times over the previous two seasons (61 games) and four times over the last four seasons (123 games).
The Blue Hose shot a season-high .500 from the floor against Georgia Southern (12/12/18) on 23-46 shooting and bolstered it with a season-high .552 shooting from behind the arc (16-29).
PC recorded a season-high 23 assists against Georgia Southern, their best total since recording 23 against Winthrop (1/23/18), and fell four assists short of the program’s Division I best of 27 (vs Columbia College, 12/16/15).
In their heart-breaking defeat to Georgia Southern, PC sank a program-best 16 three pointers and were led by freshman Shamani Stafford (7) and junior Kacie Hall (5) who combined to shoot 12-17 (.705) from behind the three-point arc.
Presbyterian’s 16 made three pointers at the College of Charleston leads the Big South this season.
After zero double-doubles last season, Presbyterian’s Bria Gibbs and Salina Virola both accomplish the feat in their home loss against SC State on Nov. 20. Gibbs recorded a collegiate-best 23 points and 13 rebounds, while Virola scored 14 points with a collegiate-best 12 rebounds.
Virola recorded the team’s third double-double of the season with 20 points and 15 rebounds in a 71-65 win at the College of Charleston.
The Blue Hose are averaging 35.1 rebounds per game in 2018. That is an improvement of 6.3 rebounds over last season (28.8).
This season, PC has greatly improved its rebounding margin (-1.2) after posting its worst margin in the Division I era (-10.2) a year ago.
Junior Kacie Hall scored a career-high 30 points in the team’s 71-65 road win at the College of Charleston (12/21/18) and tied the program’s Division I single-game record.
Hall was named the Big South Player of the Week (12/27) after averaging 25.0 points and 46.7 % shooting across a pair of non-conference matchups. Her 30 points against CofC ranks second among Big South players this season.
Hall went 11-of-13 from the charity stripe at the CofC to make the most free throws for PC since Mariah Pietrowski (10) at Charleston Southern (2/16/13).
Hall has finished in double figures in six straight games and seven of the last eight.
Hall has now made 118 career 3-pointers which ranks 6th in the program’s Division I era and 10th all-time.
Hall finished her sophomore season on the All-Big South Honorable Mention Team, averaging 11.1 points per game and ranking second among her teammates.
Freshman Shamani Stafford has twice earned Big South Freshman of the Week honors (11/12 and 12/17).
Stafford led PC with 21 points in 22 minutes off the bench against Georgia Southern. The rookie sank a program-best seven three pointers on 10 attempts and led the team to a program-best total of 16 threes in the game. Stafford also had a season-high three assists and three rebounds while committing zero turnovers.
Stafford started her career on the right foot. The Charlotte, NC, native scored 20 points and was 5-of-5 from behind the arc in the season opener at No. 11 Tennessee.
Senior Salina Virola recorded her second double-double of the season, third career, with 20 points and 15 rebounds at the College of Charleston (12/21). It was the most rebounds for PC since Keyonna Allen pulled down 15 at Xavier on November 26, 2014.
Virola ranks 10th in the program’s Division I era with 112 career offensive rebounds, 7th with 26 career blocks and 9th with 66 made three-pointers. She also ranks in the program’s top-10 for career FG percentage (.436), 3pt FG percentage (.349) and FT percentage (.804).
With 345 career rebounds, Virola needs 1 more to move into a 10th place tie with Cortney Storey (346) in PC’s Division I era. She also needs 6 offensive rebounds to catch 9th ranked Rebecca Walker (118).
With 616 career points, Virola needs 17 more points to surpass Rebecca Walker (633 pts) for 10th place in PC’s Division I era.
On Nov. 20, Virola recorded her second career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds against SC State. Then on Dec. 21, she recorded her third with 20 points and 15 rebounds at the College of Charleston.
Virola’s other double-double was a 15 point, 10 rebound performance against Warren Wilson her freshman year (Nov. 18, 2015).
Freshman Bria Gibbs recorded her first career double-double in the same game against SC State (Nov. 20) with a season-high 23 points and 13 rebounds.
Redshirt junior Ericka Blackwell-Boyden is tied for 8th in PC’s Division I era with 20 career blocks.
Sophomore Tess Santos was named to the Big South All-Freshman Team last season averaging 18.9 minutes per game with 104 points, 89 rebounds, 29 assists, 15 blocks and 25 steals in 28 games (18 starts).