BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team outscored Gardner-Webb in the second half, but a cold second quarter proved to be too much to overcome as the Runnin’ Bulldogs picked up a 67-62 win at Paul Porter Arena on Wednesday night. Three Blue Hose finished in double-figures with Trinity Johnson leading the charge with 18 points.
Scoring the Game
Presbyterian College built an early 10-4 lead after a layup from Salina Virola at 6:34. Johnson and Shamani Stafford contributed three points each over the run while Virola had four. However, Gardner-Webb quickly erased that lead behind a 5-0 run from Neydja Petithomme that made it 10-9 at 5:12.
With the game tied at 15-15 after the first, Gardner-Webb ended the half on a 10-0 run that saw PC fail to make a basket over the final 6:55 of the quarter. The Runnin’ Bulldogs also had a scoreless drought of nearly four minutes that Savannah Plentovich ended with a layup as time expired to make it 30-22.
After a pair of free throws from Johnson, Tess Santos capped a 7-0 run by PC with her third three-pointer of the game at 2:20 to make it 42-38. However, Jhessyka Williams answered with a pair of late threes to extend the lead back to 10 points, 50-40, after three quarters.
In the fourth quarter, Stafford hit a pair of threes and scored eight consecutive points for PC to keep the game within 10 points with under three minutes to play. Johnson, Santos and Riley Hemm combined for seven unanswered points in the final 90 seconds, but time ran out as Gardner-Webb escaped with the 67-62 win.
For the Record
Presbyterian College moves to 6-22 (4-13 Big South) on the year, while Gardner-Webb improves to 15-14 (9-8 Big South).
Gardner-Webb led in rebounds, 48-37, and saw a large edge in offensive boards, 15-7. The Runnin’ Bulldogs shot 11-24 (.458) from three for the game, but were 7-10 (.700) in the second half and 3-4 (.750) in the fourth quarter. Conversely, PC was just 8-27 (.296) for the game and 5-17 (.294) in the second half. The Blue Hose committed less turnovers, 18-19, but Gardner-Webb outscored PC on those turnovers, 14-10.
Gardner-Webb’s Savannah Plentovich scored a game-high 22 points off the bench and was 5-7 (.714) from distance. Her twin Carley, who entered the game averaging a team-high 14.5 ppg, failed to record a point.
Trinity Johnson scored 18 points for the second consecutive game and finished with +15 points for the fourth time in the past five games.
Shamani Stafford reached 67 made threes on the season with three triples on the night. The mark ranks 3rd for the Big South this season and 9th all-time for PC.
Senior Salina Virola recorded eight boards to reach 234 on the season and surpass Adrienne Singleton (1982-83) for 7th place in PC’s record book. It also gave her 498 rebounds in her career.
Presbyterian College hosts Radford on Saturday, March 9, in a 2 pm game in what is the final game of the season. The Blue Hose will be honoring seniors Salina Virola and Ericka Blackwell-Boyden after the game.