The conference's top freshman - PC, again
Blue Hose Place Four on All-Conference Teams
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Presbyterian College women’s basketball guard Taylor Petty earned Big South Conference Freshman of the Year honors, while Aianna Kelly and Cortney Storey picked up Honorable Mention All-Conference recognition and Janie Miles took home All-Academic Team accolades, it was announced Tuesday afternoon. It is the most PC players on an All-Conference list in school history.
This year marks the third time in program history a PC athlete has won the Big South Freshman of the Year award, with Mariah Pietrowski being honored in 2009-10, and Petty’s teammate, Storey, winning the honor last season.
Petty (Spartanburg - Dorman High School), who also earned a spot on the Big South All-Freshman Team, led all Big South freshman, and finished the regular season 12th overall in scoring, averaging 11.2 points per game. She led the league with 2.3 three-pointers made per game and was eighth with a .324 three-point shooting percentage. Petty was named Freshman of the Week for back-to-back weeks on January 4 and January 11, in part to her 26 points against Longwood, which was the second-most in PC’s Division I history. The rookie scored 326 points and knocked down 68 three-pointers during the regular season, the most by a Blue Hose freshman in school history.
Storey (Fayetteville, Tenn.) led the Big South at the end of the regular season with a 1.9 assist to turnover ratio, was second averaging 4.3 assists per game and was sixth in minutes per game with 31.9. The sophomore ranks second in PC history with 202 career assists and has led the team in assists 20 times this season. She started all but one game this season, scored 15 points four times, and had seven assists five times this year.
Kelly (Newport News, Va.) is second on the team with 4.9 rebounds and third with 8.5 points per game. The junior ranks second in school history with a 5.3 career rebounding average and is sixth with 641 career points. She recorded her third career double-double with a 10-point, 11-rebound performance against Longwood Feb. 1. She started every game this season and led the team in rebounds 13 times, in assists seven times, and in steals six times.
Miles (Clemson) earned a spot on the All-Academic Team thanks in part to her 4.0 grade point average. A Biology major, the sophomore is fourth on the team with 7.9 points a game, second with 37 steals, and led the team in steals seven times this season. She played in every game for PC this season and started all but one.
The Blue Hose enter the Big South Tournament, being held in Asheville, N.C., at the Kimmel Arena, as the fifth seed, the second-highest in school history, and face fourth seed Gardner-Webb in the Quarterfinals at 2 p.m. on Friday.