Blue Hose women’s basketball host SC State TODAY followed by a road match at No. 1 South Carolina on Saturday
The Presbyterian College Blue Hose women's basketball team (7-3) welcomes the South Carolina State Bulldogs (1-10) on Friday, December 15 at 6:30 p.m. followed by a road game on December 16 against the No.1 ranked South Carolina Gamecocks at 1:00 p.m.
Admission for Friday's home game will cost $5 and will also grant you a hot dog and a drink.
GAME INFORMATION VS SOUTH CAROLINA STATE BULLDOGS
Presbyterian Blue Hose (7-3) vs. South Carolina State Bulldogs (1-10)
DATE: Friday, December 15 at 6:30 p.m.
LIVE STATS: StatBroadcast.com
GAME INFORMATION AT SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS
Presbyterian Blue Hose (7-3) at South Carolina Gamecocks (9-0)
DATE: Saturday, December 16 at 1:00 p.m.
LIVE STATS: StatBroadcast.com
LAST TIME OUT
The Blue Hose took their fifth consecutive win last week after beating the Queens University of Charlotte 68-60. When losing 38-19 at halftime, the Blue Hose came out in the second half and scored 49 points while holding Queens to just 22 points. Mara Neira scored a new season-high of 24 points and came up huge in the beginning of the fourth quarter where she drilled four consecutive three-point shots to put PC ahead 54-49. Natalie Herrin also played a key role in Presbyterian's comeback after recording a new career-high of 12 points with six rebounds and some strong defense in the clutch.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
South Carolina State enters Friday's game with a 1-10 record with a win over Queens University of Charlotte. The Bulldogs average 51.2 points per game and 32.3 rebounds per game. Senior small forward Cassandra Colon leads the team with 10.3 ppg while graduate student guard Morgan Beacham averages 8.7 points per game, 2.7 assists per game, and 1.3 steals per game.
SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS
South Carolina University enters Saturday's game with a perfect 9-0 record with wins over No.10 Notre Dame, No.14 Maryland, Clemson, South Dakota State, Mississippi Valley State, No. 24 North Carolina, Duke, Morgan State, and No.11 Utah. The Gamecocks average 91.8 points per game and 51.0 rebounds per game. Senior center Kamilla Cardoso leads the team with an average of 14.7 points per game, 10.9 rebounds per game, and 3.1 blocks per game. Senior guard Te-Hina Paopao averages 13.1 points per game with a 51% field goal percentage from both in and outside the arc.
BIG SOUTH WEEKLY AWARDS
Mara Neira was named the Big South Player of the Week (December 11) after the Blue Hose beat Queens in a 22 point comeback. Neira scored a new season-high of 24 points while shooting 50% from the field (8-of-16) and from outside the arc (4-of-8). She also was one of the leading rebounders after grabbing two offensive boards and four defensive rebounds. She made four of her six free throws with three of them occurring with less than a minute of play in the game. Neira's performance allowed Presbyterian to secure the victory and record their fifth consecutive win of the season. This is the third player from Presbyterian to earn Big South Player of the Week so far this season.
BLUE HOSE DOUBLE FIGURE SCORERS
Over the first seven games, Presbyterian has already had nine different players score in double-figures. Brady (seven times), Sjökvist (six times), Kierscht (three times), Neira (four times), Carrillo (once), Kline (once), Kindseth (once), Herrin (once), and Cunill (twice) have all tallied double-digit scoring games this season.
PRESBYTERIAN – SOUTH CAROLINA STATE SERIES
Friday marks the 10th time that these two teams have met in Presbyterian's Division I history. Their first match was in the 2007-08 season where the Blue Hose won 63-62. They last met in the 2019-20 season where PC won 70-49. Presbyterian leads the all-time series between the two teams 6-3.
PRESBYTERIAN – SOUTH CAROLINA UNIVERSITY SERIES
Saturday marks the third time that Presbyterian has faced off against this SEC opponent since they made the switch to Division I. Their first matchup was during the 2010-11 season where South Carolina won 68-40. South Carolina won 52-24 again the next season giving them a 2-0 lead in the all-time series.