Clinton, S.C. – Cortney Storey scored 24, Macee Tamminen put in a career high 15 and Kacie Hall scored 11 all in the final five minutes plus overtime and the Blue Hose overcame multiple 14 deficits to beat Furman 76-75 in overtime on Saturday afternoon at the Templeton Center.
Player of the Game
Three players finished in double figures, Storey with 24, Tamminen with 15 and Hall at 11 and another three players finished with five-plus points. This was Storey’s fifth 20-point effort of the season and eleventh of her career. Tamminen reached double figures for the first time in her career as she scored 15 on 5-9 shooting from three and Hall chipped in an important 11 points all down the stretch. Ericka Blackwell-Boyden led the way with five rebounds and went 4-4 from the charity stripe.
Stat of the Game
The Blue Hose tied the program Division I era record for threes in a game with 15, they last did it on January 21, 2017 at Winthrop. 10 of the 15 makes came in the second half and they did it on only 17 attempts. Not only did PC finish with 15 made three-pointers but they held Furman to only one giving them a +42 point advantage from behind the arc.
PC finished the game with only 10 turnovers and were +6 in the category. The 10 turnovers were its second fewest of the season as they had eight at UCLA.
How it happened
The game went back and forth for most of the first quarter as it was 14-14 with 1:52 to go in the first period but Furman would end the quarter on a 6-0 run to take a 20-14 lead after one. Furman’s Celena Taborn had a career first quarter with 10 of the Paladins’ 20 points. Furman turned the 6-0 run into an 8-0 run before Storey got a steal and fast break lay-up. Storey scored 10 of the Blue Hose’s 22 first half points. Leading 22-16 the Paladins won the remainder of the first half 10-6 to take a 32-22 lead into the break. Taborn finished the first half for Furman with 17 points, 16 of them coming in the paint.
The Blue Hose made back to back threes by Storey and Janie Miles to open the third quarter but the Blue Hose could not pull to within closer than six. Furman would go up by as much as 14 on four different occasions, the last at 56-42 with 9:45 to play.
The Blue Hose would go on a 17-3 run over the next 4:41 of game time to tie the game 59. Tamminen with a three and a Tess Santos lay-up would be the spark that the Blue Hose needed. Over the final five minutes of play the game would be tied five times and neither team led by more than two points as it went to overtime tied at 70.
Three free throws by Storey and a three point make by Hall would be all the Blue Hose needed in the overtime period to win a defensive five minutes by a 6-5 margin and take the victory 76-75.
Taborn finished with 33 points all off the bench for the Paladins.
“So proud of our resilience,” said coach Todd Steelman. “Macee (Tamminen) kept us in it early with her shooting, Kacie (Hall) stepped up big down the stretch but Cortney (Storey) is the catalyst and leader for us. Her defense and leadership was as critical as her scoring. It was a great win for us, especially with conference play starting next week.”
For the Record
The Blue Hose improved to 3-8 on the season including having won two of three down the stretch heading into Big South play. Furman dropped to 9-5 on the season.
The Blue Hose made a season high and tied the Division I program record with 15 made three-pointers.
PC tallied a season high 17 assists on a season high 25 made field goals.
Storey stuffed the book finishing with 24 points, game number 11 for her career in 20-point performances and fifth of the season on 8-10 shooting and 3-4 from three. She also finished with six assists, her ninth consecutive game with at least four assists, she also recorded her first career multi-block game.
Storey surpassed 400 career assists in the third quarter. She already is the Division I era leader with now 403 career assists. She is now fifth in PC history and 31 away from fourth place Bonnie Werner.
Tamminen recorded a career high 15 points for the day. She did it on 5-9 shooting from three.
Virola made her season debut, playing three minutes and recording two rebounds.
Santos set a career high with four assists.
Hall finished the day with 11 points, her fifth double figure scoring effort of the season. She added three assists her second highest of the season.
The Blue Hose host the Liberty Flames on Tuesday, January 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the conference opener for the both teams. Liberty finished the non-conference portion of the schedule 5-7. PC defeated Liberty 56-55 in the most recent meeting between the two teams.