In their first round win at Winthrop, Salina Virola recorded her program-best ninth double-double of the season with 18 points and a team-record 18 rebounds. Trinity Johnson tied her collegiate-best with 24 points to go with six assists and four steals.
In their second round loss at No. 1 seed Radford, the Highlanders set a Big South Tournament record with 38 made free throws on 50 attempts while PC was a perfect 7-of-7 from the charity stripe. Tess Santos (13 pts) and Trinity Johnson (12 pts) led the Blue Hose in scoring. Salina Virola added six rebounds to her season total to set the PC Division I single season record at 261.
Presbyterian College led the Big South in games lost by single digits with 13, including 10 conference games. Campbell (5 pts), Gardner-Webb (8 pts, 5 pts), Winthrop (3 pts, 8 pts), UNC Asheville (9 pts, 8 pts) Charleston Southern (8 pts), High Point (7 pts) and Radford (5 pts) all squeaked by PC in the regular season.
PC’s 25 made free throws and 35 attempts versus High Point both rank second in PC’s Division I era. It was the second time in 2018-19 PC made +20 free throws, sinking 20-of-25 at Davidson (12/18/18).
Presbyterian College ended 2018-19 ranked 54th nationally and leading the Big South with a 3pt FG percentage of 34.9% (202-578) thanks in part to Kacie Hall (41.5%) and Shamani Stafford (36.2%) who ranked 1st and 2nd in the Big South.
Presbyterian College combined for 202 three-pointers across 31 games (6.51 per game) which ranks 4th in the program’s DI record books. The team finished with +200 threes in each of the last four seasons, with the 2017-18 squad setting a program record with 276 threes across 30 games (9.2 per game).
Senior Salina Virola ended the season with nine double-doubles to reach 10 in her career, both of which are program bests. Dria David, Mariah Pietrowski and Keyonna Allen all finished with just five career double-doubles and no more than three in a single season.
Virola ranked third in the Big South with a DI program-best 8.4 rebounds per game. Her 184 defensive rebounds and 255 total rebounds were both also DI program bests. The forward pulled down a career-best and program-record 18 rebounds in the team’s first round game at Winthrop.
Presbyterian College shot .500 or better from behind the three-point line on five occasions in 2018-19: at Tennessee (.545), vs Georgia Southern (.552), at Davidson (.500), vs Longwood (.615) and at USC Upstate (.571). 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).
Presbyterian College recorded a season-high 23 assists shooting .500 (23-46) from the floor against Georgia Southern (12/12/18). The team nearly matched it with 21 assists against Longwood (1/8/19) on a season high .519 (28-54) shooting from the floor and .615 (16-26) from behind the arc.
Twice in 2018-19, the Blue Hose combined to make a program-record and league-leading 16 three pointers in a single game. The team first went 16-29 (.552) against Georgia Southern (12/12/18) before improving to 16-26 (.615) against Longwood (1/8/19).
In their loss to SC State on November 20, PC failed to connect on a three-pointer (going 0-9) snapping a streak of 178 games that dated back to Dec. 11, 2012. Since then, they have successfully made at least one three in 27 consecutive games.
The Blue Hose averaged 35.0 rebounds with a rebounding margin of -2.1 per game, which was a large improvement from 28.8 and -10.2 in 2017-18.
Senior Salina Virola ranks in the program’s top-10 with 525 total rebounds (4th), 157 offensive rebounds (6th) and 368 defensive rebounds (3rd) during the Division I era.
Virola tied a program record by going a perfect 10-for-10 (1.00) from the free throw line against Winthrop (2/9/19). The forward is the seventh player in PC’s Division I era to not miss a free throw while sinking at least seven. The last was Cortney Storey (7-for-7) at Radford on 2/28/17.
Salina Virola recorded a team leading 15 blocks during the season and was closely followed by Ericka Blackwell-Boyden’s 13 blocks. Virola ends her career with 35 (6th) and Blackwell-Boyden ends hers with 33 (7th) as both graduates are firmly in PC’s Division I era top-10.
Junior Kacie Hall led the Big South connecting on 41.5% of her three-pointers. She also led the Big South for much of the season by playing over 36 minutes per game.
Hall reached 156 career threes with a 3-of-6 performance vs Hampton (2/26) which ranks fifth all-time in the PC record books. After her last game, she trails Janie Miles (2014-18) by 39 threes for 4th place (197).
Hall scored +10 points in a program-record 17 consecutive games from November 25 - February 5. During that span, the guard averaged 17.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists in 36.6 minutes to go along with a 39.4% FG and 43.3% 3pt FG. She scored a career-high 30 points in the team’s 71-65 road win at the College of Charleston (12/21/18) to tie the program’s Division I single-game record.
Sophomore Tess Santos scored a season-high 15 points vs Hampton (2/26) behind a collegiate-best five three-pointers and became the third Blue Hose to record +5 threes in a game in 2018-19 behind Stafford and Hall.
Freshman Trinity Johnson was named the Big South Freshman of the Week following the conclusion of the regular season. The guard averaged 21.0 points per game, posting 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists against Gardner-Webb and then a collegiate-best 24 points vs Radford in the home finale.
In the team’s first round game at Winthrop, Johnson tied her collegiate-best with 24 points while adding six assists and four steals.
Johnson had nine assists against Longwood (1/8/19) and became just the fifth player in PC’s Division I history to accomplish the feat. She also had 10 points, and nearly recorded the team’s first points/assists double-double since Cortney Storey’s 19 points and 10 assists at UNCG on December 15, 2016.
Johnson’s 13 free throws and 16 attempts against High Point both rank second in PC’s Division I era, and it was the most free throws since Kacie Hall went 11-of-13 at the College of Charleston (12/21/18).
Freshman Shamani Stafford earned Big South Freshman of the Week honors twice this season (11/12 and 12/17).
The guard finished the season with a 3pt FG% of .362 (71-196) and ranked in the program’s top-10 with the 71 made threes (t7th).
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.
Freshman Bria Gibbs recorded her first career double-double against SC State (Nov. 20) with a season-high 23 points and 13 rebounds.