CLINTON, S.C. – The UNC Asheville women’s basketball dropped a 55-41 decision to Presbyterian College on Thursday evening at the Templeton Center in Big South Conference action.
The 41 points by the Bulldogs are a season-low as Presbyterian evens the season series with Asheville at one game apiece.
“PC always plays well at home and they did a good job of taking away a lot of our strengths,” said Asheville head coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick. “They established themselves early in the paint early and we dug ourselves a hole that we couldn’t get out of in the second half. We’ve got to be a more consistent ball club.”
With the setback the Bulldogs fall to 9-12 with a 6-6 mark in the league while PC improves to 5-16 overall and 3-9 in league play.
Sophomore forward Leah Wormack scored a team-high nine points, with Shonese Jones posting eight for the Bulldogs.
The Blue Hose led by Sherece Smith, who tallied a game-high 18 points in the win. Keyonna Allen scored 12 and Asheville native Karlee Taylor scored 11 for PC, who as a team outscored the Bulldogs 32-10 in the paint.
The first half saw the Blue Hose run out to an early 20-2 lead over the first ten minutes of the game, as the Bulldogs struggled to get their offense on track. The Blue & White were stuck at two points on the board until Tianna Knuckles hit a 3-pointer form the baseline with 8:28 to go.
The two teams traded points back and forth over the rest of the frame, with the Blue Hose taking a 30-14 lead into halftime. The 14 points by the Bulldogs was the lowest point total in a half for Asheville this season.
In the second half the two teams traded buckets back and fourth over the first eight minutes, with PC holding a 39-22 lead with 11:52 to go. The Bulldogs’ struggles on offense continued over the rest of the half, with Asheville cutting the lead to 48-34 with 3:48 to go after back to back treys from Shonese Jones.
Once again the two teams traded points over the final four minutes, with PC coming away with the 55-41 victory.
The Bulldogs will hit the road for the second game in a row, traveling to Gardner-Webb on Saturday afternoon for a key Big South matchup. GWU won the previous meeting between the two schools 53-47 at Kimmel Arena on Dec. 28. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. in Boiling Springs, N.C.