3rd and holding strong
The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team sailed past Longwood, 75-49, Monday night at the Templeton Center. PC remains third place in the Big South Conference standings with the win.
The Blue Hose improved to 13-8, 9-3 in the Big South, while the Lancers fell to 6-15, 3-9 on the season. PC travels to take on High Point at 2 p.m. on Saturday in High Point, N.C.
Taylor Petty led all scorers with a career-high 26 points, on 6-of-9 shooting behind the three-point line, and pulled down a career-high five rebounds, while Aianna Kelly recorded her first double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Ciarah Bennett led the Lancers with 19 points and three assists, while Autumn Childress recorded a team-best 13 rebounds.
Longwood started the game on a 4-0 run before Petty tied the game at 8-8 on a made three-pointer. The Blue Hose went on a 14-3 run behind three deep baskets from Petty and one from Kelly that opened up a 19-11 lead. The Lancers closed the period on a 7-0 run as PC led 19-18 after the first quarter.
The Blue Hose started the second period on a 15-2 run and opened a 34-20 lead, their largest of the first half. Raven Williams ended the first half with a three-point field goal from half court as the second quarter ended. PC took a 37-26 lead at halftime. The Blue Hose held Longwood to 33.3 percent (10-of-30) shooting in the first half and 28.6 percent (4-of-14) from behind the three-point line
PC went on an 18-6 run to open the second half. Petty sank a jumper and gave the Blue Hose a 55-33 lead with 3:11 remaining in the third quarter. Longwood went on a 7-0 run and cut the PC lead to 57-41. Janie Miles ended the third period with a made three-pointer from the right corner as the buzzer sounded. The Blue Hose took a 60-41 lead into the final quarter.
The Blue Hose opened the fourth period with back-to-back three-pointers and opened a 66-41 lead. Longwood went on a 6-0 run before the Blue Hose responded with a 9-2 run and closed the game.
PC held the Lancers to 28.8 percent (15-of-52) shooting from the floor and 25.0 percent (6-of-24) from behind the arc. The Blue Hose shot 50.0 percent (14-of-28) from deep and held a 45-9 bench points advantage.