TONIGHT: A new era for PC women's hoops
UPDATE: PC wins, 89-71; Women’s Basketball Hosts Montreat in Exhibition on Thursday
Petty, Wagner Lead PC to 89-71 Victory Over Montreat in Exhibition
The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team used a pair of 30-point quarters and a 20-point game from both Taylor Petty and Allie Wagner to defeat Montreat, 89-71, in an exhibition game on Thursday night in the Templeton Center. It was PC's first game action of any kind under first-year head coach Todd Steelman.
How It Happened
Both offenses got it going early in the contest with the two teams working their way to a 13-13 tie midway through the first quarter. PC seized control of the game from that point, going on a 19-1 run over the final 5:28 of the period, which included an 11-0 run to finish the quarter, giving PC a 30-14 advantage at the first break. Taylor Petty was the key to PC’s early success, as she scored 12 points in the opening quarter, including the final eight points, to lead the Blue Hose. As a team, PC found the net on 12-of-15 shots in the first quarter to shoot a lights out 80.0 percent.
Defense was the story for much of the second quarter, as the two teams combined for just one field goal for nearly the first seven minutes of the quarter. PC would break a streak of nine straight misses in the quarter by making three of its final five shots in the period, including two three-pointers from Allie Wagner, to push its halftime advantage to 38-24.
The third quarter featured more high-scoring action, as the Blue Hose outscored the Cavaliers, 30-24, in the period. The Blue Hose made 9-of-14 shots from the field and 8-of-12 shots from the free throw line to continue to score in bunches. Petty led the way in the quarter with 14 points, while Wagner and Cortney Storey each added five points. The Blue Hose once again closed out the frame in strong fashion, going on a 9-2 run to finish out the frame and build a 68-48 advantage heading in to the fourth quarter.
The scoring was nearly even in the final quarter, allowing Montreat to get as close as 13 points at 73-60 with 7:23 remaining in the game. From there, PC’s next four makes would all come from behind the three-point line, as part of a 14-4 run to give PC a 23-point lead, its largest of the game, to coast to a 89-71 victory in its only tune up for the 2016-17 season.
Stat of the Game
PC nailed 15 three-pointers in the contest, more than PC had in any game in 2015-16. In fact, had the contest counted, the 15 makes from behind the arc would be the most since totaling 18 in 2013-14. As a whole, the Blue Hose were 30-of-60 (.500) from the field for the game.
Taylor Petty was impressive in the contest, totaling 29 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field and 10-of-11 from the free throw line. Allie Wagner added 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting with a 6-of-7 night from behind the arc. Rebecca Walker also managed double-digit points in the game, totaling 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting and making a pair of free throws.
Five players scored in double-figures for Montreat, led by Diamond Porter with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting.
• This was PC’s only exhibition game of the preseason. The Blue Hose get the season underway officially in 15 days.
• PC managed exactly 30 points in both the first and third quarters of tonight’s game.
• The Blue Hose totaled 12 steals and 19 assists in the victory.
• Six of the nine players to play for PC scored at least one bucket.
The Blue Hose will officially open the season in 15 days when they travel to Indiana on November 11 for the season opener.
The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team will play host to Montreat in its only exhibition game of the preseason on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Templeton Center. Admission is free to see the two teams compete in an early warm-up game for the 2016-17 season.
The Blue Hose are led by first-year head coach Todd Steelman and an entirely new coaching staff this season. PC returns all five starters from 2015-16 with nine lettermen returning overall. Senior Aianna Kelly, junior Cortney Storey and sophomore Taylor Petty were each named the Big South Preseason All-Conference Second Team, as PC led all schools with three players across the two teams.
PC will look to pick up where it left off last season, after going 18-13 overall and 13-7 in Big South play. The Blue Hose defeated Gardner-Webb in the opening round of the Big South Tournament, before falling to eventual Big South Champion UNC Asheville in the semifinals.
The Blue Hose will face Montreat for the first time since 2011, when the two met in the regular season. PC claimed an 84-44 victory against the Cavaliers to win its fourth straight game at the time.
PC will officially open the 2016-17 season in 16 days when it heads to Indiana on November 11 for a 7 p.m. matchup. The Hoosiers went 21-12 last season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.