NORTH CHARLESTON – Presbyterian let a potential Big South sweep slip away as Charleston Southern, led by 22 points from Sharita Godfrey, edged the Blue Hose in the latter of two women’s basketball games on Tuesday evening.
Charleston Southern (5-3, 3-1 conference) put together an 11-0 4th-quarter run to come from behind and slip past PC 66-63. Jade Compton paced four Blue Hose in double figures with 17 points.
The Blue Hose came out hot, knocking down three of their first four 3-point attempts to jump out to a 12-4 advantage in the opening minutes of the contest. The Buccaneers countered with three triples of their own in an 11-4 spurt that cut PC’s edge to 16-15 after one.
Compton netted the first five points of the second quarter, extending Presbyterian’s lead to 21-15 with 8:11 left until halftime. PC took a 35-30 edge into the locker room.
The two teams traded baskets for the first several minutes of the third quarter, but another quick six points on a Compton 3-point play and a Bracone 3-pointer pushed PC’s lead into double-digits, 47-37. Entering the 4th quarter, Presbyterian (4-4, 3-3) led 52-43.
A Godfrey 3-pointer with 7:32 left jump-started a 16-3 Charleston Southern run, which included 11 in a row, to put the hosts on top for the first time. Presbyterian got back to within a point twice in the final minutes, but the Bucs were able to close it out from the free-throw line.
Compton scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Carter netted 14 points for PC, while Bracone and Tess Santos chipped in 10 apiece.
In addition to her 22 points, Godfrey had 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the Bucs.
For the seventh consecutive game, Presbyterian won the rebounding battle, edging the Buccaneers 29-26. The Blue Hose also enjoyed a 34-22 advantage in points in the paint.
Trinity Johnson scored only 9 points but had four rebounds and a team-high 5 assists.
The Blue Hose continue a 6-game road swing on Saturday and Sunday as they take on USC Upstate. Saturday’s game is slated for 4 p.m. and Sunday’s is at 2.