ROCK HILL –Salina Virola recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 18 points and program-record 18 rebounds as the ninth-seeded Presbyterian College women’s basketball team defeated eight seed Winthrop 64-52 on Tuesday night at Winthrop Coliseum.
Trinity Johnson tied her career best with a game-high 24 points.
After a low-scoring first quarter, PC used a 6-0 run to take a 13-6 lead at 6:26 of the second. Johnson hit the game’s first three at 4:40, and the Blue Hose would score four more threes before half, including a buzzer beater from Shamani Stafford, to take a 29-14 lead into halftime.
Early threes from Kacie Hall and Johnson as well as a three-point play from Virola gave PC a 20-point lead, 40-20, at 6:01 of the third quarter. Winthrop went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 44-31 at 1:59, but the Blue Hose replied with a 6-0 run, all from the free throw line, to increase the lead to 52-33.
Courtney Hagaman made Winthrop’s only three of the game at 2:07 and converted four free throws with one minute remaining to cut the lead to 62-48, but it was not enough as PC held on.
PC is now 5-6 (.455) all-time in Big South Tournament games.
Presbyterian improves to 7-23 overall, while Winthrop ends the season at 10-19.
The Blue Hose advance to play top-seeded Radford on Thursday in a 6 p.m. game that will be carried on ESPN3.