CLINTON, S.C. - The UNC Asheville women's basketball team dropped a 71-40 decision to Big South Conference foe Presbyterian College on Saturday afternoon at the Templeton Center, as the Bulldogs saw their losing skid reach 13 contests in a row.
"Our kids played extremely hard in the first half, but if we hadn't given up a couple of layups and a 3-pointer in transition at the end, then one possession game doesn't become a 10-point game at halftime," said Asheville head coach Brenda Mock Kirkpartrick. "We've got to get better in transition, we recognize that, and that's just our lack of communication. When you're low on numbers that's when you get fatigued, and that's when your awareness needs to increase instead of decrease, and unfortunately that's what happened today."
With the setback the Bulldogs fall to 2-20 overall, with a 0-11 mark in the Big South Conference. PC improves to 13-9 on the year, and 8-3 in league play.
Senior forward Kelli Riles led the way for the Bulldogs with 11 points. She now has 961 for her career. Riles also pulled down a team-high five rebounds, giving her 977 in her four years wearing the Blue & White.
Kasey Hobbie led the way for the Blue Hose, scoring 15 points on five treys. Asheville native Karlee Taylor recorded 11 points in the contest, and became PC's all-time NCAA Division I leader in 3-pointers with a bucket in the second half. Taylor now has 154 for her career.
UNC Asheville jumped out to a 10-4 lead in the first half before PC was able to pull to within a point a 16-15 with 9:05 to go in the frame. Dria David gave the Blue Hose the lead two minutes later on a jumper to put PC up 17-16.
The Blue Hose would go on a 14-5 run over the final seven minutes of the half to take a 31-21 lead into the break. Riles led all players in the frame with eight points.
The second half saw PC extend its lead over the first five minutes, outscoring the Bulldogs 16-8 over the first part of the frame. The Blue Hose pushed their lead even further, leading by as much as 33 before eventually earning the 71-40 victory.
The Bulldogs will be home in the Kimmel Arena for their next contest, as they welcome the Lady Bucs of Charleston Southern on Feb. 7. The two teams met earlier this season, with CSU earning a 73-59 victory in Charleston, S.C., on Jan. 24. Opening tip is set for 7 p.m. between the Bulldogs and Panthers.