Saturday, November 26, 2016
Texas Southern Pulls Past Presbyterian College in Overtime
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team and Texas Southern were tied at 58 after four quarters but the Tigers outscored the Blue Hose, 16-4, in overtime to claim the 74-62 victory on Friday night at Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico. PC falls to 0-5 on the year, while TSU improves to 4-1.
Player of the Game
Cortney Storey dropped 26 points, one shy of her career-high, on 9-of-14 shooting, including 5-of-6 from behind the arc. The five three-pointers ties her career-high, while the junior totaled a season-high four assists and four steals. The 26 points are the most by a PC player this season and the second straight game that a Blue Hose has reached at least 20 points.
Stat of the Game
PC shot a season-best 41.2 percent from the field in the game, making 21-of-51 shots, including going 10-of-22 from behind the three-point line. The Blue Hose have now hit 10 threes in back-to-back games, a first in the program’s Division I era. PC recorded at least 10 made three-pointers eight times last season but never in back-to-back games.
How It Happened
Texas Southern led 15-9 after the opening quarter but PC put together its best quarter of the game in second with a 20-8 advantage to get in front at the half, 29-23. The Blue Hose connected on 10-of-22 shots (45.5 percent) in the opening half of play, while holding the Tigers to just 7-of-28 shooting (25.0 percent), including 1-of-8 from three.
The third quarter was the most competitive with the Tigers edging the Blue Hose, 18-17, to cut PC’s lead to five points at 46-41 heading to the fourth. TSU was able to close the gap in the final quarter to send the game to overtime. PC nailed 6-of-7 three-point average in the second half of action but TSU would go 11-of-22 from the field and 12-of-18 from the free throw line even the score.
In overtime, the Tigers would take control, going 5-of-11 from the field and 6-of-8 from the charity stripe, while PC made just 1-of-6 shots from the field and 2-of-2 from the line.
- Salina Virola scored in double figures for the second straight game, totaling 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting to go with four rebounds and two assists.
- It was PC’s first overtime game since February 24, 2015, when PC defeated Charleston Southern, 56-48, in North Charleston, S.C. The Blue Hose did not play an overtime contest at all last season.
PC returns back to the states to take on East Carolina on Monday, November 28, at 7 p.m. Texas Southern plays at New Orleans on November 30.
COURTESY PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS