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Furman Falls To Samford, 65-33

Kaitlin Murphy
Kaitlin Murphy

BIRMINGHAM, ALA. -- Hannah Dawson and Lydia McGee scored 11 points apiece and Samford took advantage of cold shooting by Furman to claim a 65-33 win in Southern Conference women's basketball action Monday evening at the Pete Hanna Center.

Dawson converted 4-for-5 field goals, including both 3-point attempts, and claimed eight rebounds to pace the Bulldogs (5-2, 2-0 SoCon), who found the mark on 22-of-45 shots (48.9 percent) in the contest.  McGee collected five assists to go along with her 11 points, and Keke Fletcher rounded out the trio of double figure scorers with 10 points.  Kendall Schwantz led all rebounders with 10 caroms to go along with five assists.

Furman (3-4, 0-2 SoCon) was led by Kaitlin Murphy's 12 points, and Erica Norwood had 11.  The Paladins, however, struggled again from the field, finding the mark of just 8-of-56 shots for a game record low 14.3 percent.

Furman has made just 21-of-111 field goal attempts (18.9 percent) in its last two games.

Samford's Taylor Reece scored the Bulldogs' first three baskets to help the Bulldogs grab a 17-2 lead nine minutes into the contest.

A Teshia Griswold 3-pointer with 4:40 remaining in the first half pulled Furman to within nine points at 22-13, but Samford responded with an 8-0 run for a 30-13 lead at intermission.

The Bulldogs outscored the Paladins 9-3 over the first seven minutes of the second half to stretch their advantage to 39-16 on the way to the decisive win.

Furman plays at South Carolina on Sunday in a 3:00 p.m. game.