Knoxville, Tenn. – The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team was unable to contain the No. 11 Tennessee Volunteers as the hosts picked up a 97-49 victory on Sunday afternoon at Thompson-Boiling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn. Blue Hose freshman Shamani Stafford scored 20 points and was five-for-five on three pointers.
How It Happened
The Blue Hose got out to an early 5-2 lead following five quick points by Stafford in the opening three minutes. Tennessee responded quickly though as it went on a 16-0 run over the next five minutes to take an 18-5 lead with 2:53 to go in the quarter. A pair of three’s from Tess Santos and Stafford helped cut the lead back to 12, 24-12 at the end of the first.
A three from Stafford and a Bria Gibbs layup cut the deficit to 14, 31-17 with 7:43 to go in the second quarter. The Blue Hose would cut the lead as low as 11, 35-24 with 3:38 to go in the first half before the Vols finished the half on an 11-5 run to take a 46-29 lead to the break.
Tennessee opened the second half on a 10-0 run in the first three minutes to take a 56-29 lead. The Blue Hose replied with a quick 5-0 run to cut it to 56-34 before Tennessee closed the quarter on an 18-4 run to take a 74-40 lead to the fourth quarter.
The Vols opened the fourth on a 13-2 run over the first five minutes to finish off the victory on Sunday afternoon.
- Shamani Stafford in her first collegiate action recorded a 20-point performance on six-of-11 shooting while hitting all five of her three pointers attempted.
- PC falls to 0-1 on the season while Tennessee improves to 1-0.
- Salina Virola led the team with seven rebounds.
- As a team, PC hit six three’s led by Stafford with five.
The Blue Hose will travel to UNCW on Wednesday morning for an 11:30 a.m. tipoff with the Seahawks.