Women's tennis, 2 top players, 2 basketball wins
PC Women’s Tennis Opens 2018 Season This Weekend
The Presbyterian College women’s tennis team will open its 2018 season this weekend with two matches. The Blue Hose host NC Central on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Clinton at the Templeton Tennis Courts, before traveling to Charlotte on Sunday for a 5 p.m. match.
The Blue Hose return six players from a year ago, including first team All-Big South selection Tracy Johnson. The team will be led by seniors Caroline Ferrari, Demi Henschel and Brittany Nuttall. In addition to Johnson, a junior, PC also returns sophomores Beth Taylor and Katie Thompson.
The 2018 squad features a pair of newcomers. Samantha Calais, a native of Irmo, and Ella Rowley, a native of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, both join the program for their first collegiate seasons.
Johnson went 14-7 in singles action last season to led the team, including an 8-1 record at No. 2 before moving in to the team’s top spot, and became the first PC player to earn All-Big South honors. Taylor and Nuttall each totaled 12 singles victories on the year, while Thompson managed 10. In doubles, Johnson also led the team in doubles action, totaling 13 victories, while Taylor compiled 11 wins in doubles.
As a team, PC is coming off one of its best seasons to date since joining the Big South. The Blue Hose totaled 12 victories as a team last year, tied for the most in its Division I era, with five players totaling double-digit wins in singles play, the most in PC’s D1 era as well.
Updates from both matches this weekend can be found on team’s Twitter account, @hose_tennis.
PC Men’s Hoops Picks Up Road Win at Charleston Southern, 57-49
CHARLESTON – The Presbyterian College men’s basketball team erased a 10-point first half deficit to lead by as many as 12 points en route to a 57-49 victory over Charleston Southern Wednesday night in the Buc Dome.
Stat of the Game
PC won the battle on the boards, outrebounding Charleston Southern, 42-28, for a margin of +14 on the night. That matches its best margin this season, after a +14 rebounding margin against Johnson on November 11, and is PC’s best against a Big South opponent since a +16 rebound margin against Longwood on January 14, 2015. Additionally, the 42 boards are the most by PC this season and its highest total since managing 43 against Charleston Southern last season.
Blue Hose Player of the Game
Davon Bell led the Blue Hose offense on the night, totaling 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting to go with nine rebounds and five assists. Bell finished with a team-high in all three categories, his such third game this season. The guard got 13 of his 19 points in the opening half and eight of his nine rebounds in the second half. He has now managed at least 10 points and four assists in each of his last three games.
How It Happened
Charleston Southern jumped out to an early lead, opening the game on a 10-0 run before a pair of free throws by Bell got the Blue Hose on the board, the first of his 13 first-half points. PC responded later in the opening half with a 10-0 run of its own to take a one-point advantage at 20-19 at the 9:18 mark. A three by CSU gave the Bucs a two-point lead but a layup by Reggie Dillard and a three by J.C. Younger put PC back in front. After back-to-back makes from CSU, PC closed out the half on an 8-0 run, capped off by a three-pointer by Romeo Crouch, to take a 33-26 lead in to halftime.
The Blue Hose saw its lead grow to 12 early in the second half, as PC came out hot, making five of its first seven shot attempts in the half. Charleston Southern slowly cut the lead in half with an 8-2 run to make it 47-41 with 8:33 to play in the contest. Dillard answered though with a three-pointer to push the advantage to nine, followed by a layup by Bell that made it an 11-point margin with just over seven minutes to play in the game. Charleston Southern pulled as close as five with under a minute to pull but a pair of free throws from Dillard and a make from the line from Armel TeTe pushed the final margin to eight at 57-49.
- Reggie Dillard totaled 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting, including 4-for-7 from behind the arc, and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe to reach double figures for the third straight game and the sixth time in nine conference games.
- PC shot 48.8 percent (21-of-43) from the floor in tonight’s contest, its best shooting percentage since shooting 51.7 percent against Campbell on January 9, a span of five games. It is also PC’s second best field goal percentage against a conference foe this season.
- Romeo Crouch recorded nine points and a career-high eight rebounds in the victory. Crouch has now tallied 20 points over his last two games, connecting on 8-of-14 shots (.571) from the field.
- The Blue Hose managed a season-high five blocks against the Bucs, led by Armel TeTe with two.
- Maleek Catchings, a member of the PC football team since 2014, has joined the PC men’s basketball team. The newcomer saw his first action on Wednesday night, playing six minutes, scoring his first basket, a layup at the 11:04 mark of the second half, and grabbing two rebounds.
For the Record
PC improves to 9-13 overall and 2-7 in the Big South. Charleston Southern fell to 7-14 overall on the year and 2-7 in the Big South.
PC returns home on Saturday, Jan. 27, to host Liberty in the Templeton Center at 4 p.m.
How to Follow
PC women’s hoops hits Winthrop with 3 in double digits
Three players finished in double figures led by Kacie Hall's 16 points and Cortney Storey's program record 14 assists and the Blue Hose defeated Winthrop, 78-45, Tuesday night in the Templeton Center.
Janie Miles finished a rebound shy of a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds and Salina Virola had her best game of the season with 13 points and eight rebounds.
Player of the Game
Hall with 16 points, three assists and two steals; Miles with 15 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals; Virola with 13 points on 4-4 shooting and 4-4 from the free throw line as well as eight rebounds and Storey who finished with seven points, a PC Division I record 14 assists and six steals all are deserving of Player of the Game.
Stat of the Game
Presbyterian recorded a season high 41 rebounds, including 13 offensive rebounds. Both of these numbers are season highs. The Blue Hose finished the game +7 in rebounding margin and +12 in turnover margin as they forced a season high 32 turnovers and had a season high 15 steals. These figures led to a 31-9 advantage in points off turnovers.
Winthrop got off to a hot start as it led 11-3 halfway through the first quarter but the Blue Hose settled in and outscored the Eagles 10-4 the rest of the way in the quarter. Miles hit a pair of threes with a Tamminen layup cup-caked in between. The Blue Hose had the passing game working as they assisted on four five made field goals and Winthrop led 15-13 after one.
PC went on a 7-0 run in the first 1:10 of the second quarter and caused Winthrop to call a timeout. Presbyterian turned it into a 17-3 run giving them its biggest lead at 30-18, Winthrop settled in and cut it to 35-24 at the half. The Blue Hose assisted on 11 of 14 made field goals in the first half as Storey had five first half assists while Miles led the way with eight points.
The Blue Hose hit a pair of threes by Miles and Hall and they were off and running in the second half. PC hit five second half threes and outscored the Eagles 43-21 in the second half. Storey finished the second half with nine assists and the Blue Hose had 12 assists on 14 made field goals in the second half as they finished the game with 23 assists on 28 made shots, both season highs. 11 different players logged minutes, eight of them played double figures in minutes and nine players scored as the Blue Hose shared the ball their best all season.
“Conference wins do not come easy,” said coach Todd Steelman. “Tonight was no exception. Winthrop battled early, and we had to adjust and increase our intensity. Once we did that, we made it difficult for them to score. It was good to have balance in our attack, but we need to value the ball more as we move forward. Salina (Virola) made a huge contribution tonight, which was great for us. Janie (Miles), Cortney (Storey) and Kacie (Hall) gave us the solid play we have become accustomed to.”
For the Record
The Blue Hose won their third game in four tries and improved to 6-12 overall and 3-4 in Big South play while Winthrop dropped to 1-17, 0-7 in Big South play.
- The Blue Hose defeated the Eagles for a fifth straight time, all coming by at least 11 points.
- PC made 12 three-pointers which ties for the seventh most makes in a game. It also had a program record 40 three-point attempts.
- Presbyterian recorded 23 assists, the fifth most in a single game and second most against a Division I foe.
- PC tallied 15 steals, its most this season and sixth most all-time.
- The Blue Hose now have 160 made three-pointers, their third most all-time and average a Big South leading 8.9 three-point makes per game. That is two more makes per game than the next closest; Campbell at 6.9.
- PC now averages 13.2 assists per game, its second best average for a season behind the 13.4 it averaged in 2012-13.
- Storey set the PC record for assists in a single game with 14, that is also the most assists in a single game in the Big South this season.
- Storey’s six steals is tied for the fourth most in a single game. The record is seven and it has been done three times. Six steals also tied the most in the Big South in a game this season.
- Over the last four games Storey now has a 6.6/1 assist to turnover ratio.
- Miles has now scored 15 points exactly in three straight games. She is 34 shy of 1,000 for her career.
- Miles’ nine rebounds is a season high and the six made field goals and two steals tie her season highs.
- Santos tied her season and career high with three steals.
- Mattie Kennedy finished with seven points, her best total since scoring eight at Belmont.
- Virola had her best game of the season scoring 13 points and eight rebounds.
- Ericka Blackwell-Boyden had two blocks tying her career high.
The Blue Hose travel to Asheville, N.C. to take on the UNC Asheville Bulldogs at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 27. The two teams have met 23 times with the Bulldogs leading the series 13-10 all-time.