ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team erased a third quarter deficit of 11 points to get within one in the fourth, but UNC Asheville’s Ali Trani sank five free throws in the game’s final 30 seconds to lead the Bulldogs to a 51-45 victory at Kimmel Arena on Tuesday night.
Freshman Trinity Johnson scored a game-high and collegiate-best 15 points to lead the Blue Hose.
After building an early 7-1 lead, Asheville failed to score for the final 6:55 of the first quarter. Presbyterian College rallied during that time to take a 10-7 lead into the second.
Both teams struggled in the second quarter, and the Blue Hose held a 17-16 lead at halftime. Kacie Hall had nine first half points to go along with eight points for Johnson.
Asheville exploded for 20 points in the third quarter and held an 11-point lead, 36-25, after a three-pointer from Jessica Wall with 2:28 on the clock. PC ended the quarter on a 6-0 run with Johnson connecting on four free throws and Bria Gibbs sinking a layup to make it 36-31 with 10:00 to go.
Trani scored the last seven points of the game for UNC Asheville including five free throws with less than 30 seconds remaining to hold on for the 51-45 win.
Presbyterian College falls to 4-19 (2-10 Big South) while UNC Asheville improves to 12-11 (7-5).
Presbyterian College welcomes High Point to Templeton Center on Saturday, with tip-off scheduled for 2 p.m. and the game broadcast on ESPN+.