Blue Hose Rallies for 74-68 Victory over UNC Asheville

February 12, 2011
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ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Karlee Taylor scored 21 points as Presbyterian College rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to record a 74-68 Big South Conference victory over homestanding UNC Asheville Saturday afternoon at Justice Center.

The Blue Hose (8-15, 4-6 BSC) went on a 20-0 run early in the second half to take the lead for good and pick up its first ever season sweep of a Big South opponent.

The Bulldogs (10-13, 3-7 BSC) lost their sixth straight home game. Kelli Riles led Asheville with 18 points and 13 rebounds. It was the sophomore forward's 10th double-double of the season.

PC had three other players in double figures and all of them scored 14 points each. Mariah Pietrowski added 14 rebounds, while Amanda Mills and Dria David also had 14 points.

Asheville had Kendall Shepard with 17 points, while Lindsey Thompson and Chioma Okoli added 10 points each.

The Blue Hose went 12-for-33 from the game from long distance as Taylor went 6-of-12 from beyond the arc. She added eight assists and pulled down seven rebounds.

The Bulldogs shot 63 percent (14-of-22) from the field in the first half to help give Asheville a 42-33 halftime lead. Riles scored 12 points and had nine rebounds in the opening half. Thompson scored all 10 of her points in the first half.

Shepard gave the Bulldogs a 44-33 lead early in the second half with a jumper but that would be the last points the home team would score over the next nine minutes.

The Blue Hose scored the next 20 points as they hit four 3-pointers and got six points from Pietrowski during the run. A lay-up from Chelsea Wright gave PC the lead for good at 45-44. Back-to-back treys from Mills and Taylor pushed the lead to 51-44. Pietrowski's lay-up at the 10:21 mark completed the 20-0 run and put PC in front 53-44.

Asheville went 0-for-8 from the field and committed five turnovers in the Blue Hose 20-0 run.

The Bulldogs tried to rally as Okoli scored all 10 of her points in the final 10 minutes. Her lay-up at the 4:35 mark cut the lead to 58-56.

But the Blue Hose would go on an 8-2 run, milking the shot clock on each possession to give them a 66-58 lead. Mills' trey with 2:22 remaining gave PC its final eight-point lead.

Asheville made one more push and got to 70-66 at the 23-second mark on a lay-up from Shepard. The Blue Hose went 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 30 seconds to seal its first ever victory at Justice Center.

The Bulldogs led most of the way in the first half thanks to their great shooting from the field. Presbyterian College stayed close thanks to its three-point shooting. Taylor had 12 points in the first half and knocked down three of PC's six treys.

Asheville used a late flurry in the final three minutes to lead 42-33. Shepard scored five points, while Riles added two free throws to give the Bulldogs the nine-point halftime lead.

The Bulldogs host Gardner-Webb Monday night at Justice Center starting at 7 p.m. Presbyterian College travels to High Point Monday night at 7 p.m.


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