JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – It is tempting to claim it was worth the wait.
After an idle period that was hardly idyllic, Tionna Carter led the Presbyterian College women’s basketball team to a 68-38 road victory at East Tennessee State on Saturday afternoon.
Before COVID-19 intruded, Clemson defeated PC, 92-47, on Nov. 27.
Carter scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Blue Hose to their first victory of the season at Brooks Gym.
An overwhelming PC defense limited ETSU (1-3) to 21-percent shooting, and the Blue Hose opened the contest with a 16-0 run.
PC (1-1) held the Buccaneers scoreless for the first 6:27 of the game and held the hosts without a field goal for the first 8:44 of the contest. The Blue Hose led 23-5 after a quarter and it was 31-5 before a Buccaneer rally cut the margin to 33-15 at halftime.
The hosts never got closer than 16, and the Blue Hose edge got as high as 33 (68-35) after a late Sabrina Belquist 3-pointer.
Carter, a sophomore, connected on 7-of-9 from the floor, and added a pair of blocks. Nyah Willis also reached double-figures for PC, chipping in 12 points, 8 rebounds and a game-high 4 steals.
Carly Hooks led the Buccaneers with 10 points, while Jasmine Sanders collected 9 points and a team-best 7 rebounds.
The Blue Hose hit 24-of-57 (.421) from the field, including 7-of-24 (.292) beyond the arc. ETSU made just 14-of-66 (.212) of its field goal attempts, and went 5-for-31 (.161) from downtown. Presbyterian dominated the paint in the contest, holding a 53-36 advantage on the glass and a 32-12 edge in points in the paint.
Belquist’s 4th-quarter 3-pointer accounted for the first points of her collegiate career.
The Blue Hose return to Clinton for their home opener on Wednesday as they begin Big South Conference play with the first of a 2-game series against Gardner-Webb. Tip is slated for 6 p.m.