PC women find footing, stop Upstate

It took a little time for the Presbyterian College women’s basketball team to get into the groove against USC Upstate Saturday afternoon at the Templeton Center, but once they did the Blue Hose won their second game in five days.

PC picked up a 70-54 victory over the visiting Spartans, moving to 4-11 overall and 2-2 in the Big South. The victory is also the second straight at home, following Tuesday’s victory over Longwood.

Despite shooting 33 percent in the first quarter, PC was able to hold a 17-all tie and was tied 31-all before the end of the first half. But PC scored the final basket of the half on a layup by Bria Gibbs, then got baskets from Salina Virola and Erica Blackwell-Boyden to open the second half, and did not lose its lead the remainder of the game.

Virola had her third double-double of the season and fourth of her career, tallying 22 points and 10 rebounds. Gibbs had 16 points in 19 minutes off the bench, and Kacie Hall added 15 points and six assists.

PC hosts Gardner-Webb Tuesday at 6 p.m.

PC men: Francois Lewis had 16 points to lead six players in double figures for the Blue Hose, but it wasn’t enough as the Radford Highlanders handed PC a 79-77 loss on the road.

PC is now 9-9 on the season, 1-2 in the Big South.

Lewis was followed by 15 points from Cory Hightower, and 14 points from J.C. Younger. Younger hit four 3-point baskets to help boost his numbers.

PC hosts Hampton Wednesday.

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