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Furman Falters Late, Loses At PC In OT, 76-75

Celena Taborn grabs a rebound against Davidson.
Celena Taborn

CLINTON, S.C. -- Cortney Storey drained two free throws with a second remaining in overtime to lift Presbyterian to a 76-75 victory over Furman in women's basketball action Saturday afternoon at the Templeton Center.

Storey's game winning points came after Furman's Le'Jzae Davidson sank two free throws with six seconds left to put the Paladins up 75-74.  On the ensuing possession, Storey took the ball from above the top of the circle, drove down the right side of the lane, and was fouled on the shot attempt, sending her to the line for the game winning points.  Furman turned the ball over on its final possession.

Storey finished the game with a team high 24 points, helping PC (3-8) overcome a career high 33-point performance by Furman freshman Celena Taborn, who added 13 rebounds in 33 minutes of action — also career highs for the 6-foot-3 Sydney, Ohio, product.  Cierra Carter finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds for Furman.

Furman lost despite shooting 56.6 percent from the field (30x53), including 68.2 percent (15x22) in the second half, and dominating the boards with a 43-20 advantage.  The Paladins made just 1-of-6 3-point attempts.

PC's 15-for-35 shooting from 3-point range, which converted into a 45-3 scoring advantage from beyond the arc, saved the day for the Blue Hose, who shot 59.3 percent over the game's final 25 minutes and got 15 points from Macee Tamminen and 11 from Kacie Hall. 

Furman appeared in control after building a 54-42 lead after three periods.  A Taborn basket 15 seconds into the fourth quarter put the Paladins up 56-42, but it collapsed in the face of a 17-3 run by PC that featured four 3-pointers, including two by Tamminen. Hall's 3-pointer tied the game at 59-59 with 5:04 remaining.

Another Hall 3-pointer at the 1:39 mark gave PC a 66-65 lead, its first since the first quarter.

The Blue Hose went up 70-68 with two free throws with three seconds to go in regulation, but Furman tied it on an Taborn layup off an inbounds pass from Kaitlyn Duncan to send it to overtime.

A Carter basket put Furman up 72-71 in overtime; the Paladins couldn't, however, connect on a pair of free throws to extend the lead, setting up a Hall 3-pointer that put PC up 74-72 with 1:38 left in the contest.

The Paladins, who wrapped up a five-game road stretch at PC, tip off Southern Conference play next Thursday when they play host to Samford in a 5:00 p.m. contest at Timmons Arena.