Opponent: at USC Upstate
Date: February 19, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm
Site: G.B. Hodge Center (Spartanburg, S.C.)
TV Broadcast: ESPN+
Live Stats: www.UpstateSpartans.com
Series: 42nd meeting, Upstate leads 21-20
Last Meeting: Jan. 12, PC won 70-54
Record: 6-17 (2-10 Big South)
Last Game: Feb. 12, 58-80 Loss at Longwood
Head Coach: Tammy George, 14th season
Career Record: 225-253, 16th season
School Record: 182-232
Record: 4-20 (2-11 Big South)
Last Game: Feb. 16, 63-70 Loss vs High Point
Head Coach: Alaura Sharp, 1st season
Career Record: 99-83, 6th season
PC Record: 4-20, 1st season
This will be the 42nd meeting between Presbyterian College and USC Upstate, in a series that dates back to 1977. The Spartans hold a slight 21-20 advantage.
The Blue Hose picked up a 70-52 win over Upstate in the Templeton Center on Jan. 12 with Salina Virola leading the charge with 22 points and 10 rebounds. The win was head coach Alaura Sharp’s 99th career win. 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 leads the Big South in games lost by single digits with 11, including eight conference games. Campbell (5 pts), Gardner-Webb (8 pts), Winthrop (3 pts, 8 pts), UNC Asheville (9 pts, 8 pts) Charleston Southern (8 pts) and High Point (7 pts) have all squeaked by PC, while Radford (10 pts) was also within a few possessions.
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 this season PC made +20 free throws, sinking 20-of-25 at Davidson (12/18/18).
Presbyterian College ranks 49th nationally and leads the Big South with a 3pt FG percentage of 35.0% (150-428) thanks in part to Kacie Hall (43.5%) and Shamani Stafford (36.2%) who rank 1st and 4th in the Big South as of February 18.
Presbyterian College has combined for 150 three-pointers across 24 games (6.25 per game) this season which ranks 4th 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 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 recorded six defensive rebounds at UNC Asheville (2/12/19) to reach a PC Division I record of 135 on the year, surpassing Keyonna Allen’s previous record of 130 set in 2013-14. Virola needs just 28 more rebounds to surpass Allen’s single season record (218) set in the same year as the senior currently has 190 rebounds (51o, 139d through 24 games (7.9 per game).
Junior Kacie 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.
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 (-2.4) 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 29th nationally connecting on 43.5% of her three-pointers. She also ranks second in the Big South and 35th nationally playing 36.54 minutes per game as of Feb. 18.
Hall ranks 6th all-time for PC with 151 career three-pointers. She now trails Amanda Mills (2008-11) by two for 5th.
Senior Salina Virola ranks in the program’s top-10 with 454 total rebounds (6th), 137 offensive rebounds (7th) and 317 defensive rebounds (5th) during the Division I era. She trails Shonda Burnside (485, 141, 344) in all four categories to move up the respective lists.
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.
Virola 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 recorded her eighth block of the season at UNCA (2/12/19) to reach 28 career blocks and move into a 7th place tie with Dria David (2009-13) in PC’s Division I record book.
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.
The guard 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.
Johnson has led the team in scoring the last two games, putting up 15 points against UNC Asheville and then a collegiate-best 19 against High Point.
She went 8-of-11 from the free throw line against the Bulldogs and then an impressive 13-of-16 against the Panthers. It was the most free throws since Kacie Hall went 11-of-13 at the College of Charleston (12/21/18), and both the 13 makes and 16 attempts rank second in PC’s Division I era.