Opponent: vs Georgia Southern
Date: December 12, 2018
Site: Templeton Center (Clinton, S.C.)
TV Broadcast: ESPN+
Live Stats: www.GoBlueHose.com
Series: 2nd meeting, GA Southern leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Dec. 20, 2007, Away, Loss, 66-35
Last Game: Nov. 28, L 59-78 at Kennesaw State
Head Coach: Kip Drown, 4th season
Career Record: 490-395, 30 seasons
GA Southern Record: 25-65, 4th season
Last Game: Dec. 2, L 54-75 at Samford
Head Coach: Alaura Sharp, 1st season
Career Record: 96-68, 6 seasons
PC Record: 1-5, 1st season
This will be the second meeting between Georgia Southern and Presbyterian College. The Eagles previously picked up a 66-35 home win in Statesboro on December 20, 2007.
After their home game with Georgia Southern, the Blue Hose will take to the road for five straight games. Their next home game won’t be until January 8 against Longwood.
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.
PC’s last double-double had been Cortney Storey’s 19 point, 10 assist performance at UNCG on December 15, 2016.
The Blue Hose are averaging a program-best 38.2 rebounds per game in 2018. That is an improvement of 9.9 rebounds over last season.
This season, PC is winning the rebounding battle (+1.5) after posting its worst margin in the Division I era (-10.2) a year ago.
In their 61-50 win over Wofford, coach Sharp’s first victory at PC, the Blue Hose nearly held the Terriers scoreless for the entire first quarter. Da’Ja Green hit a jumper with 43 seconds on the clock to end a 12-0 PC run. Wofford started the game 1-of-18 (5.6%).
In their loss to SC State on November 20, PC failed to connect on a three-pointer (going 0-9) for the first time since December 11, 2012, when they went 0-8 at home against Brevard. The streak lasted 178 games.
Senior Salina Virola ranks 10th in the program’s Division I era with 101 career offensive rebounds, 7th with 24 career blocks and 9th with 60 made three-pointers. She also ranks in the program’s top-10 for career FG percentage (.436), 3pt FG percentage (.335) and FT percentage (.800).
With 309 career rebounds, Virola needs 37 more to move into a 10th place tie with Cortney Storey (346) in PC’s Division I era.
With 568 career points, Virola needs 66 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.
Virola’s other double-double was a 15 point, 10 rebound performance against Warren Wilson her freshman year (Nov. 18, 2015).
Freshman Trinity Johnson has recorded a steal in six consecutive games and is tied with Kacie Hall for the team lead (6 steals).
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.
Freshman Shamani 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.
Stafford was named the Big South Freshman of the Week (Nov. 12) after posting 20 points in her collegiate debut at No. 11 Tennessee.
Junior Kacie Hall surpassed 500 career points in PC’s game at UNCW (11/14/18).
The junior has 107 career 3-pointers and needs just 10 more to move into the program’s all-time top-10. She currently ranks 6th in the Division I era.
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.
Hall had four games of 20 or more points last season with a high of 23 on two occasions. Her four games of 20-plus were the second most behind Cortney Storey’s 11.
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).
Sophomores Macee Tamminen and Santos were named “Big South Freshman of the Week” on three occasions last season. Tamminen earned the honor twice, Santos once, and the duo posted double figures a combined seven times.
Santos had the highest individual performance with 19 vs Liberty, but Tamminen had four of the seven performances with a game high of 18 vs Gardner-Webb.