A game out of first place

UNC-Asheville ends PC women's streak; Virola conference freshman of the week
The Bulldogs pushed out to a 14-point lead, 63-49, before PC put on a full-court press. PC went on a 7-0 run with a little more than a minute remaining and cut the lead to 63-56.

 

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team’s comeback fell short against UNC Asheville, 68-59, Tuesday night at Kimmel Arena. PC cut the Asheville lead to four points in the final period.

The Blue Hose fell to 11-8, 7-3 in the Big South Conference, while the Bulldogs improved to 15-4, 8-2 in the conference. PC returns home to host Gardner-Webb 5 p.m. Saturday at the Templeton Center.

Taylor Petty (Spartanburg, S.C.) led the Blue Hose with 12 point and grabbed three rebounds, while Rebecca Walker (Snellville, Ga.) poured in 11 points and pulled in four rebounds.

Chatori Major led all scorers with 20 points and added four rebounds, while Bronaza Fitzgerald knocked down 13 points and eight rebounds.

Cortney Storey (Fayetteville, Tenn.) converted a layup and gave the Blue Hose a 6-2 lead to start the game, their largest of the game. The Bulldogs responded with a 13-2 run and led 16-10 before Storey beat the buzzer with a jumper. PC trailed 16-12 after the first quarter.

UNC Asheville opened the second period on a 15-3 run and extended its lead to 31-15, its largest of the game. The Blue Hose ended the half on a 7-2 run when Allie Wagner (Easley, S.C.) sank a three-pointer before the halftime buzzer. PC trailed 33-22 at the halftime break.

PC chipped away the Bulldogs lead in the third quarter and pulled within seven on a made layup by Petty. UNC Asheville extended the lead to 14, 46-32, on a made jumper by Tianna Knuckles before the Blue Hose made another strong push. PC held Asheville scoreless for the final two minutes and 40 seconds of the period and went on an 8-0 run. Walker sank a jumper as the quarter expired and PC trailed 46-40 into the final period.

Salina Virola (Huntsville, Ala.) opened the fourth quarter with a made layup and cut the Asheville lead to 46-42. The Bulldogs pushed out to a 14-point lead, 63-49, before PC put on a full-court press. PC went on a 7-0 run with a little more than a minute remaining and cut the lead to 63-56. UNC Asheville closed the game with five free throws to put the game away.

The Blue Hose held a 36-20 points in the paint advantage and grabbed 15 offensive rebounds in the game.

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Presbyterian College forward Salina Virola (Huntsville, Ala.) has been named The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week for games played Jan. 18-24, while Liberty redshirt-senior forward/center Catherine Kearney has been named the Big South Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. 

Virola opened last week with a career-high 20 points on 7-for-10 shooting in the Blue Hose’s convincing 69-45 victory at Campbell on Tuesday. The forward continued to shine on Saturday, as she dropped in 12 points, headlined by a perfect 5-for-5 mark from the free-throw line, and pulled down four rebounds in PC’s 66-42 win over Coastal Carolina. Last week, Virola averaged 16.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, fired 62.5 percent (5-for-8) from three-point range and shot 87.5 percent (7-for-8) from the charity stripe.

Kearney led the Lady Flames to a pair of victories last week, as she posted a game-high 16 points to go along with her 11 rebounds in LU’s narrow 65-63 win at Coastal Carolina on Tuesday.  On Sunday, Kearney closed the week with a 20-point performance on 8-for-8 shooting in Liberty’s 72-67 road triumph at Longwood. For the week, Kearney averaged 18.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks while shooting 77.8 percent (14-for-18) from the field.

Also nominated for Player of the Week: Alexus Hill (Gardner-Webb), Haleigh Hatfield (High Point), Chatori Major (UNC Asheville) and Erica Williams(Winthrop).

Also nominated for Freshman of the Week: Haleigh Hatfield (High Point) and Brooke Alexander (Liberty).

PC women's basketball returns home to host Gardner-Webb 5 p.m. Saturday at the Templeton Center. It's a doubleheader with the PC men.

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