Opponent: at Winthrop
Date: March 12, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Site: Winthrop Coliseum (Rock Hill, S.C.)
TV Broadcast: ESPN3
Live Stats: www.WinthropEagles.com
Series: 32nd meeting, Winthrop leads 22-9
This Season: Jan. 26, 52-55 Loss at Rock Hill
Feb. 9, 54-62 Loss at Clinton
Record: 10-18 (6-11 Big South)
Last Game: March 9, 63-88 Loss at Hampton
Head Coach: Lynette Woodard, 2nd season
Career Record: 13-53
School Record: same
#9-Seed Presbyterian College
Record: 6-23 (4-14 Big South)
Last Game: March 9, 43-48 Loss vs Radford
Head Coach: Alaura Sharp, 1st season
Career Record: 101-86, 6th season
PC Record: 6-23, 1st season
This will be the 32nd meeting between Presbyterian College and Winthrop, where the Eagles hold a 22-9 advantage. Winthrop snapped a six-game losing streak against PC to sweep the regular season, picking up a 55-52 win at home (Jan. 26) and a 62-54 win in Clinton (Feb. 9).
The Blue Hose have a 4-6 (.400) record in the Big South Tournament, falling in the first round to High Point on a buzzer-beating three a season ago, 62-60. Two seasons ago, PC fell one point shy of reaching the Big South Championship, falling to UNC Asheville on a three-point play with two seconds remaining, 56-55.
In this season’s first matchup Kacie Hall had a game-high 24 points, while Jah’che Whitfield led the Eagles with 13 points. Then on Feb. 9, Salina Virola led PC with 21 points and eight rebounds. Whitfield again led the Eagles, posting 16 points and nine rebounds. The Blue Hose rallied to within one point in the fourth quarter, but Winthrop hit seven free throws in the final 30 seconds to win 62-54.
In their 64-60 road win over Longwood, freshman Trinity Johnson led the team with 18 points, scoring 11 of them in the fourth quarter. Redshirt junior Ericka Blackwell-Boyden pulled down a collegiate-best 10 rebounds.
The Blue Hose also picked up a 66-58 road win over USC Upstate recently with Salina Virola leading the charge with her seventh double-double of the season (15 points, 13 rebounds). Three others ended in double figures: Trinity Johnson (15 points), Shamani Stafford (15 points) and Kacie Hall (11 points).
Presbyterian College leads the Big South in games lost by single digits with 13, including 10 conference games. Campbell (5 pts), Gardner-Webb (8 pts, 5 pts), Winthrop (3 pts, 8 pts), UNC Asheville (9 pts, 8 pts) Charleston Southern (8 pts), High Point (7 pts) and Radford (5 pts) all squeaked by PC in the regular season.
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 45th nationally and leads the Big South with a 3pt FG percentage of 35.5% (189-532) thanks in part to Kacie Hall (42.6%) and Shamani Stafford (36.4%) who rank 1st and 2nd in the Big South as of March 10.
Presbyterian College has combined for 189 three-pointers across 29 games (6.52 per game) this season which ranks 4th in the program’s DI record books. The team 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 eight double-doubles this season and nine in her career, both of which are program bests. The total also ranks third in the Big South this year. Most recently, Virola recorded 20 pts/14 rbs vs Hampton to go along with a collegiate-best five assists. Program greats Dria David, Mariah Pietrowski and Keyonna Allen all finished with just five career double-doubles and no more than three in a single season.
Virola is averaging a DI program best 8.2 rebounds per game and ranks 6th in the Big South. Her 171 defensive rebounds and 237 total rebounds are both also DI program bests. Keyonna Allen held the previous mark with an average of 7.0 per game, 130 defensive and 218 total rebounds in 2013-14.
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 five occasions this season: at Tennessee (.545), vs Georgia Southern (.552), at Davidson (.500), vs Longwood (.615) and at USC Upstate (.571). 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).
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 (-2.1) after posting its worst margin in the Division I era (-10.2) a year ago.
Junior Kacie Hall leads the Big South and ranks 22nd nationally connecting on 42.6% of her three-pointers. She also leads the Big South and ranks 54th nationally playing 36.09 minutes per game as of March 9.
Hall reached 156 career threes with a 3-of-6 performance vs Hampton (2/26) which ranks fifth all-time in the PC record books. After her last game, she trails Janie Miles (2014-18) by 40 threes for 4th place (197).
Senior Salina Virola ranks in the program’s top-10 with 501 total rebounds (4th), 152 offensive rebounds (6th) and 349 defensive rebounds (4th) during the Division I era. She trails Dria David (534), Sherece Smith (170), and Dria David (358) 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’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.
Freshman Trinity Johnson was named the Big South Freshman of the Week following the conclusion of the regular season. The guard averaged 21.0 points per game, posting 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists against Gardner-Webb and then a collegiate-best 24 points vs Radford in the home finale.
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. She also had 10 points, 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’s 13 free throws and 16 attempts against High Point both rank second in PC’s Division I era, and it was the most free throws since Kacie Hall went 11-of-13 at the College of Charleston (12/21/18).
Freshman Shamani Stafford earned Big South Freshman of the Week honors twice this season (11/12 and 12/17).
Through 29 games, the guard has a 3pt FG% of .364 (67-184) and ranks in the program’s top-10 with 67 made threes this season. She trails Amanda Mills (2008-09) by one for eighth place.
Stafford 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 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.
Redshirt junior Ericka Blackwell-Boyden recorded her ninth and 10th blocks of the season at USC Upstate (2/19/19) to reach 30 career blocks and move into a 7th place in PC’s Division I record book.
Sophomore Tess Santos scored a season-high 15 points vs Hampton (2/26) behind a collegiate-best five three-pointers and became the third Blue Hose to record +5 threes in a game this season behind Stafford and Hall.
Freshman Bria Gibbs recorded her first career double-double against SC State (Nov. 20) with a season-high 23 points and 13 rebounds.