Trinity Johnson had a game-high 17 points to go with four assists and four steals to lead the Presbyterian College women's basketball team to a 70-49 win over South Carolina State in the season opener on Tuesday evening at SHM Memorial Center in Orangeburg.
Dejah Williford-Kelley led the Bulldogs with 11 points and six rebounds.
Presbyterian built a 17-9 lead in the first quarter helped by 5-6 (.833) shooting from the charity stripe compared to an 0-8 (.000) start for S.C. State. The Bulldogs recovered some in the second, sinking 4-7 (.571) free throws and cutting the lead to just six, 32-26, at the break.
With the lead cut to just four, 34-30 and 4:48 remaining in the third, Presbyterian went on an 11-4 run over the next three minutes to restore the lead back to double-digits, 45-34, following an Alessia Capley basket. After trading baskets, the score was 47-37 in favor of PC after three quarters.
Presbyterian closed out the game out with 23 fourth quarter points to win 70-49.
Presbyterian shot 27-42 (.643) from the field and was 4-8 (.500) from behind the arc compared to 18-54 (.333) and 3-17 (.176) for S.C. State. The Blue Hose led in rebounds, 36-29, while turnovers were tied at 23 apiece.
Presbyterian travels to West Virginia on Sunday for a 2p.m. game at WVU Coliseum.
Freshman Jimmy McCollum carded an even-par 72 to lead the Presbyterian College men's golf team in the final round of the Kiawah Classic on Tuesday. Presbyterian finished 19th in the team standings with a total of 902 (304, 306, 292) at the three-day event, which was hosted by Charleston Southern at the Turtle Point Golf Club (par-72, 6,911 yards).
No. 24 Auburn cruised to the team title with a 31-under par 833 (274, 282, 277), while the Tigers' Jovan Rebula led wire-to-wire to claim medalist honors.
Sitting three-over par after seven holes, McCollum birdied four of his next seven to drop to one-under for the day. The freshman's six birdies were the most by a Blue Hose in any round of the event. He finished tied for 80th at 226 (74, 80, 72).
Freshman Thomas Hollingsworth followed up Monday's 72 with a 73. He finished tied for 55th at 222 (77, 72, 73). Hollingsworth carded 11 birdies to lead PC for the tournament.
Senior A.J. Nolin was the highest finisher for PC, earning a tie for 43rd with a 219 (73, 73, 73) total. His 39 pars tied for third-most in the field.
The Blue Hose continue their fall schedulethis weekend at the Wofford Invitational from November 8-9.
PC men’s wrestling competed on Sunday at the Battle at The Citadel in its first action of the season. Austin Stith led the Blue Hose, picking up a third-place finish in the 197 weight class.
As a team, the Blue Hose finished seventh.
Stith took third place at 197 pounds and Jacob Brasseurtook fifth in the 125-pound weight class.
The Gaithersburg, Md., native fell in the opening match against Tim Young of Old Dominion but bounced back with an 8-3 decision over William Jarrell of American. He continued with a 10-4 win over Old Dominion and then a 4-1 decision over American to pick up third in the weight class.
The women's soccer team fell to Campbell in double overtime, 3-2, on Saturday night in Big South Tournament Quarterfinal action. The seventh-seeded Blue Hose nearly upset the second-seeded Camels, but Campbell's defense deflected Morgan Hutchison's shot 45 seconds into the second overtime away from an open net and into the post to extend the game. Elyssa Nowowieski scored the game winner minutes later off a cross from Alexa Genas.
Hutchison tied the game at 1-1 with her seventh of the season off a cross from Kori Lawrence at 41:52.
Lawrence gave PC the lead with an assist from Preston Robinette at 55:42.
Alexa Genas tied the game with a header at 67:21 off a corner kick from Amber Liston.
Presbyterian finished the season 5-13, while Campbell advanced with a record of 13-3-2.
Presbyterian men's soccer player Zacharia Diallo scored to force overtime with just under seven minutes to play on Saturday night, but Gardner-Webb's Pedro Benito scored the game winner 75 seconds into extra time to take the game 2-1 at Martin Stadium.
The Blue Hose fell to 5-11-1, 3-3-1 in Big South play, while the Bulldogs improved to 8-7-1 and 5-2.
Presbyterian wraps up the regular season with a road game at UNC Asheville on Wednesday, beginning at 6 p.m.