Date: February 9, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Site: Templeton Center (Clinton, S.C.)
TV Broadcast: ESPN3
Live Stats: www.GoBlueHose.com
Series: Winthrop leads 21-9
Last Meeting: Jan. 26, Winthrop won 52-55
Record: 9-12 (5-5 Big South)
Last Game: Feb. 2, 36-70 Loss at UNC Asheville
Head Coach: Lynette Woodard, 2nd season
Career Record: 12-47
School Record: 12-43
Record: 4-17 (2-8 Big South)
Last Game: Feb. 5, 62-79 Loss at Hampton
Head Coach: Alaura Sharp, 1st season
Career Record: 99-80, 6th season
PC Record: 4-17, 1st season
This will be the 31st meeting between Presbyterian College and Winthrop, where the Eagles hold a 21-9 advantage. Winthrop snapped a six-game losing streak to the Blue Hose by winning in Rock Hill on January 26 by a score of 55-52. Kacie Hall had a game-high 24 points, including five three pointers, while Winthrop's Jah'che Whitfield led the Eagles with 13 points.
Presbyterian College leads the Big South in games lost by single digits with eight, including five conference games. Campbell (5 pts), Gardner-Webb (8 pts), Winthrop (3 pts), UNC Asheville (9 pts) and Charleston Southern (8 pts) have all squeaked by PC, while Radford (10 pts) was also within a few possessions.
After the PC’s 70-54 win over USC Upstate (1/12/19), head coach Alaura Sharp has 99 career wins over six seasons as a head coach. She went 83-45 (.648) over four seasons with Garden City Community College and 12-17 (.414) in one season with Lamar Community College.
Presbyterian College ranks 41st nationally and leads the Big South with a 3pt FG percentage of 35.4% (136-384) thanks in part to Kacie Hall (43.8%) and Shamani Stafford (36.6%) who rank 1st and 5th in the Big South.
Presbyterian College has combined for 136 three-pointers across 21 games (6.47 per game) this season which ranks 7th in the program’s DI record books. The team has finished with +200 threes in each of the last three seasons, with the 2017-18 squad setting a program record with 276 threes across 30 games (9.2 per game).
Senior Salina Virola has recorded six double-doubles this season and seven in her career, both of which are program bests. Most recently, she recorded 11 pts/11 rbs against UNC Asheville and 11pts/12 rbs against Charleston Southern. Program greats Dria David, Mariah Pietrowski and Keyonna Allen all finished with 5 career double-doubles with Allen being the only other Blue Hose to record at least three in a single season.
Virola needs 10 defensive rebounds to surpass Keyonna Allen’s program record of 130 defensive rebounds in a single season (2013-14) and 51 to surpass her single season total of 218 from the same year. The senior currently is averaging a program-best 8.0 rebounds per game through 21 games (168; 47o, 121d).
Junior Kacie Hall has scored at least 10 points in a program-record 17 consecutive games this season and in 18 of 21 games played. 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. Her 15.4 ppg ranks fifth in the Big South and second in the PC record book behind Cortney Storey’s 16.1 ppg from last season.
Presbyterian College shot .500 or better from behind the three-point line on four occasions this season: at Tennessee (.545), vs Georgia Southern (.552), at Davidson (.500) and vs Longwood (.615). 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). Conversely, PC has shot below .300 in 10 games this year, including the last six-straight.
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 this season, 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).
This season, PC has improved its rebounding margin (-2.0) after posting its worst margin in the Division I era (-10.2) a year ago.
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.
Junior Kacie Hall leads the Big South and ranks 23rd nationally connecting on 43.8% of her three-pointers. She also ranks second in the Big South and 38th nationally playing 36.33 minutes per game.
Hall reached 146 career three-pointers with a 7-of-9 performance at Hampton to move into 7th all-time for PC. She now trails Billie Haskins (2000-04) by four threes for 6th place and Amanda Mills (2008-11) by seven for 5th.
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).
Senior Salina Virola ranks in the program’s top-10 with 432 total rebounds (6th), 133 offensive rebounds (7th) and 299 defensive rebounds (8th) during the Division I era. She trails Shonda Burnside (485), Shonda Burnside (141) and Cortney Storey (300) to move up those respective lists.
Virola has four double-doubles over the last seven games. She recorded consecutive double-doubles against USC Upstate (22 pts, 10 rbs) and Gardner-Webb (11 pts, 11 rbs) as well as against UNC Asheville (11 pts, 11 rbs) and against Charleston Southern (11 pts, 12 rbs).
The senior forward also has double-doubles this season against SC State (14 pts, 12 rbs) and the College of Charleston (20 pts, 15 rbs).
Virola’s 15 rebounds at the College of Charleston (12/21) were the most rebounds for PC since Keyonna Allen pulled down 15 at Xavier on November 26, 2014.
Redshirt junior Ericka Blackwell-Boyden has six blocks this season and ranks 8th in PC’s Division I era with 26 career blocks. She trails Dria David (2009-13) by two blocks for seventh.
Freshman Shamani Stafford earned Big South Freshman of the Week honors twice this season (11/12 and 12/17).
Stafford scored a collegiate-best 24 points at Furman (1/2/19) on a season-high 36 minutes.
She 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.
Freshman Bria Gibbs recorded her first career double-double against SC State (Nov. 20) with a season-high 23 points and 13 rebounds.
Freshman Trinity 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.
Johnson also had 10 points against Longwood, 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.
The guard just had a career night against UNC Asheville, scoring 11 points on 5-12 (.417) shooting and pulling down four defensive rebounds.