Salina Virola recorded her third “double double” of the season with a career-high 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Presbyterian College women’s basketball team to a 70-54 win over USC Upstate at Templeton Center on Saturday afternoon.

The first half was tightly contested with eight lead changes and the largest lead being just four points.

Upstate took a 17-13 lead late in the first quarter off a layup from DeNisha Swain, but free throws from Shamani Stafford and Kacie Hall tied the game at 17-17 after 10 minutes.

The Spartans’ lead again grew to four points, 23-19, after back-to-back layups from Brianna Lewis in the second quarter. However, Bria Gibbs tied the game at 23-23 with a pair of layups of her own and forced a timeout from the Spartans with 4:56 to play in the half.

Despite Michaela Gibbons and Anda Kuzmina each hitting a three down the stretch, PC began to grasp the momentum and held a 33-31 advantage at halftime.

Quick baskets from Virola and Ericka Blackwell-Boyden increased PC’s lead to six points, 37-31, and forced another timeout by the Spartans just 41 seconds into the third quarter.

After a timely three from Rylie Parkhurst cut the lead to just three, 41-38, a free throw from Lewis made it a two-point game with 4:29 left in the third.

Virola scored a contested jumper, sinking the subsequent free throw as well, and Hall beat the buzzer with a three-pointer to give PC an eight point lead, 53-45, after three quarters.

PC took control of the game and pulled away in the fourth quarter. A layup from Gibbs with 1:08 left in the game caped a 12-0 run by PC to make it 68-49.

Presbyterian College improved to 4-11 (2-2 Big South) this season, while USC Upstate fell to 5-9 (1-2) on the year.

Presbyterian College welcomes Gardner-Webb to Templeton Center for a 6 p.m. game on Tuesday.