UPDATED: HOOPS TONIGHT: Women home, men road
UPDATE: USC Upstate Holds Off Presbyterian, 55-48, on Monday
The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team outscored USC Upstate, 18-9, in the fourth quarter but the rally fell short, as the Spartans held on for the 55-48 victory at the Templeton Center Monday night.
PC drops to 0-2 on the year, while Upstate remained unbeaten at 2-0 on the year.
Player of the Game
Janie Miles and Kaycie Reffner each contributed 14 points on the night with Reffner reaching a career-high. Miles added five rebounds in the loss, while Reffner added four boards. Rebecca Walker tied a career-high with nine rebounds, the most by a PC player through two games.
Stat of the Game
The Blue Hose out-rebounded the Spartans, 32-29, despite playing just two post players in the contest. PC also converted 11-of-15 chances from the free throw line, after going 0-for-4 from the line against Indiana on Friday night.
How It Happened
PC opened up a 15-10 advantage in the first quarter, thanks to a 15-3 run that spanned nearly seven minutes of the opening period. Cortney Storey started the scoring for the Blue Hose with a layup and one to tie the game at 3-3 before a Janie Miles three-pointer pushed it to 6-3 to get PC going from there. Seven of the PC’s 15 points in the quarter came at the charity stripe, after it attempted just four total free throws in the season opener.
USC Upstate took control of the game in the middle quarters, outscoring the Blue Hose 19-9 in the second quarter and 17-6 in the third quarter. The second proved the most costly for PC, as the Spartans went on a 12-2 run over the final five and a half minutes, including a 9-0 run to finish the quarter. After scored the first three points of the third quarter, Upstate would carry a 17-3 run over the final eight minutes of the frame to push its lead to 46-30 at the end of the third.
PC would not go away quietly, though, cutting the lead to single digits late in the fourth thanks to a 9-0 run. Senior Kaycie Reffner led the charge with six points in the final period and Miles added five. The Blue Hose would get as close as five points after a layup by Kacie Hall but the Spartans downed two free throws in the final seconds to close out the 55-48 victory.
Coach Steelman’s Take
“I’m not discouraged by tonight, it’s just a little growing pain. The thing we have to do is continue to compete. We have to be better on the boards, too. If we can rebound a little better, we’ll be in better shape. We have a lack of aggressiveness sometimes. We’re not looking at the rim, we’re not squaring up like we need to. Squaring up to the basket and seeing what’s there is a big part of what we’re trying to do on offense. Like in an orchestra, where all the pieces have to come together to make good music, right now we’re a little disjointed. We’re trying to figure it out. We’re a little tentative sometimes when we don’t know exactly what we’re looking for. When we don’t know how to look for it, we become a little tentative and we don’t end up playing together.”
- Freshman Kacie Hall scored the first points of her collegiate career in tonight’s game, scoring four points to go with five rebounds and an assist in just her second game at PC.
- Reffner totaled a career-high 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting, including 2-for-2 from behind the arc. Her previous high-water mark came last season with eight points against Coastal Carolina.
- Erica Blackwell-Boyden and Riley Hemm each made their collegiate debuts in tonight’s game. Boyden, who missed all of last season with an injury, played nine minutes and recorded a rebound. Hemm played five minutes for her first action in her freshman campaign.
PC will face a quick turnaround, as they travel to ACC foe Virginia Tech on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. meeting against the Hokies. The game can be seen on HokieVision through the WatchESPN app.
MEN: Blue Hose Basketball Drops Road Contest to UNCG
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men’s basketball team hit 10 three-pointers and pulled down 26 offensive rebounds, resulting in 23 second chance points, to take the 61-42 win over Presbyterian College in action Monday evening at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Davon Bell led the Blue Hose with nine points, with Jo’Vontae Millner and Ed Drew pacing the team with six rebounds apiece.
How it Happened
Shots were hard to come by in the first half for the Blue Hose, as they fell down early 14-2. A Will Adams three with 10:39 to go, cut the margin to nine, but a 7-2 run by UNCG took the Spartans up 21-7, 7:04 on the clock. PC outscored UNCG 8-4 and cut the lead back to 10, 25-15, but the Spartans ended the half with four straight to take the 29-15 lead into the locker room.
The Spartans opened the second half with seven unanswered and built a 21-point, 36-15 lead. UNCG extended the lead to 25, 44-19, 11:52 to go, before PC began chipping away at the margin, cutting it to 16, 52-39, off a Millner three-pointer with 2:52 to go. That would be as close as the Blue Hose would get, falling by the final, 61-42 score.
Players of the Match
Bell led the team with nine points, followed by Millner with eight points and a team-leading six rebounds. Drew recorded eight boards as well. Darius Moore and Will Adams each recorded seven points.
Marvin Smith led UNCG with 14 points and 11 rebounds, followed by Diante Baldwin with 11 points.
Stats of the Match
Turnovers and rebounds were the story of the game, with PC committing 23, to UNCG’s 14. The Spartans finished with 47 rebounds, compared to 28 for the Blue Hose. Second chance points were in favor of UNCG, 23-6. The Spartans posted a 15-9 edge in steals.
PC held a slight advantage in shooting percentage, 33.3% - 32.8, with UNCG 10-of-30 from beyond the three-point, compared to five-of-16 for PC. The Blue Hose were 11-of-14 from the free throw line, while the Spartans were just seven-of-14.
Both teams move to 1-1 on the season.
PC is next in action Nov. 19, at William & Mary. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.
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PC Opens Home Slate vs. USC Upstate
• Presbyterian will play host to USC Upstate in its home opener on Monday night in the Templeton Center in Clinton, S.C.
• The Blue Hose have won their last two home openers and three of their last four. Last season, PC topped Warren Wilson, 95-56, in its home opener.
• It will be PC’s earliest home opener in terms of date since 2013, when it also opened its home schedule on November 14, falling to NC Central, 55-44.
Last Time Out
• PC fell to 23rd-ranked Indiana, 71-39, in its season opener on Friday at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind. The Hoosiers used strong first and fourth quarters, in which they held PC to less than 10 points in each, en route to the win. IU forced 19 turnovers, leading to 26 points in the first game of the season for both teams.
• Janie Miles led the way for PC with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Rebecca Walker added nine points and three rebounds, while Taylor Petty had eight points and three rebounds.
Scouting the Spartans
• USC Upstate defeated Converse, 95-35, at home in its season opener on Friday night.
• Vanessa Agrusa led the Spartans with a career-high 16 points in the win, while also pulling down a career-high five rebounds. Coco Ritter also finished with a new career-high 12 points as five Spartans finished in double figures.
• Friday’s victory over Converse was the 200th career win for Upstate head coach Tammy George. Of George’s 200 victories, 157 have come at Upstate.
• It will be Upstate’s first trip to Clinton since 2010 when the Spartans earned a 78-73 victory over the Blue Hose.
• PC and USC Upstate have met 38 times on the hardwood with the Spartans holding a 20-18 advantage all-time. The first 19 meetings came when PC was an NAIA, while the next 15 meetings were during PC’s Division II era. USC Upstate holds a 3-1 advantage since PC became Division I in 2007.
• The two schools will meet for the first time since 2011, when PC defeated the Spartans, 72-64, in Spartanburg.
• It will be the first matchup between the two in Clinton since 2010, a 78-73 USC Upstate victory.
A New Era
• Todd Steelman was named Presbyterian College’s seventh women’s basketball head coach on April 27, 2016, and is the program’s second coach since moving to Division I beginning with the 2007-08 season. Steelman is in his first season as a head coach at any institution.
• Steelman comes from the University of Maine where he spent four seasons as associate head coach.
Next Time Out
• The Blue Hose begin a seven-game road stretch with a road game at Virginia Tech on Wednesday, November 16 at 7 p.m.
The Presbyterian College men's basketball team will look to capitalize on its season-opening win agains Furman when it travels to Greensboro, Monday, Nov. 14, to take on the UNCG Spartans. The game will tip at 7:30 p.m., and wil lair live on ESPN3
The link to access the ESPN3 contest: http://es.pn/2f9AeWS
- PC earned its first win over Furman in three tries, with a 73-71 decision in the season opener for both teams Friday, Nov. 11 ... Reggie Dillard scored the go-ahead basket with three seconds remaining and the Blue Hose hung on as Furman’s game-tying shot bounced off the rim as time expired, giving the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team the dramatic win ...
- The win over Furman marked the first time since 2011 that PC has won its season-opener, and just the second time since moving to Division I ... Keep in mind, PC has played just two opening games at home - Furman this season and Montreat in 2011, both wins - The remaining road games have included Furman (2015) Duke twice (2014/2008), Georgia Tech (2013), Clemson twice (2012/2009), Vanderbilt (2010), and Nebraska (2007) …
- Davon Bell, earning his 20th career start, scored double-digits for the first time, recording a career-high 15 points … He averaged 2.7 points and 15.5 minutes per game last season …
- The freshmen combination of Jo'Vontae Millner and J.C. Younger made quite the impact in the season-opener with the duo scoring 17 and 15 points, respectively ... Younger, led the team in rebounds with eight, scored nine of his points on a three-for-four effort from beyond the three-point arc …
- Despite losing 47.9% of their scoring from last season, the 73 points scored by the Blue Hose against Furman was more than all by six games last season and with two points of two of those ... The 73 points during the 2015-16 season would have beaten 14 teams and tied four others.
Series Record Against UNCG
12/3/13, 87-66, W, A
12/6/14, 55-53, W, H