Opponent: at #1 seed Radford
Date: March 14, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm
Site: Dedmon Center (Radford, Va.)
TV Broadcast: ESPN3
Live Stats: www.RadfordAthletics.com
Series: 26th meeting, Radford leads 20-5
This Season: Jan. 22, 49-59 Loss at Radford
March 9, 43-48 Loss at Clinton
Record: 23-6 (17-1 Big South)
Last Game: March 9, 48-43 Win at PC
Head Coach: Mike McGuire, 6th season
Career Record: 103-68, 6th season
School Record: same
#9 Presbyterian College
Record: 7-23 (4-14 Big South)
Last Game: March 12, 64-52 Win at Winthrop
Head Coach: Alaura Sharp, 1st season
Career Record: 102-86, 6th season
PC Record: 7-23, 1st season
This will be the 26th matchup between Presbyterian College and Radford, with the Highlanders leading 20-5 and winners of the last five.
These teams met twice in the regular season, with Radford sweeping 59-49 and 48-43. In the first matchup, Salina Virola (11) and Kacie (10) led PC in scoring while Tess Santos (8) led in rebounds. In the season finale, Trinity Johnson (24) was the leading scorer, but Radford pulled away with an 11-0 run to start the 4th quarter and had Sydney Nunley (15 pts, 11 rbs) and Lydia Rivers (15 pts, 10 rbs) finish with double-doubles.
In their first round win at Winthrop, Salina Virola recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 18 points and a team-record 18 rebounds. Trinity Johnson tied her collegiate-best with 24 points to go with six assists and four steals.
The Blue Hose have a 5-6 (.455) 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 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 44th 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 11.
Presbyterian College has combined for 196 three-pointers across 30 games (6.53 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 nine double-doubles this season and 10 in her career, both of which are program bests. The total also ranks third in the Big South this year. 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 8.5 rebounds per game. Her 184 defensive rebounds and 255 total rebounds are both also DI program bests. The forward pulled down a career-best and program-record 18 rebounds in the team’s first round game at Winthrop.
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).
Junior Kacie Hall leads the Big South and ranks 18th nationally connecting on 42.6% of her three-pointers. She also leads the Big South and ranks 54th nationally playing over 36 minutes per game as of March 11.
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 39 threes for 4th place (197).
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.
Senior Salina Virola ranks in the program’s top-10 with 519 total rebounds (4th), 157 offensive rebounds (6th) and 362 defensive rebounds (3rd) during the Division I era. She trails Dria David (534), Sherece Smith (170), and Aianna Kelly (374) 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.
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.
In the team’s first round game at Winthrop, Johnson tied her collegiate-best with 24 points while adding six assists and four steals.
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 30 games, the guard has a 3pt FG% of .363 (69-190) and ranks in the program’s top-10 with 69 made threes this season. She trails Chris Mitchum (1995-96) by two for seventh 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. She now has 32 blocks and trails Salina Virola (35) for sixth.
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.