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Davidson Shoots Past Furman, 87-46

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GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Laura Murray scored 17 points and Davidson used hot shooting to race past Furman, 87-46, in Southern Conference women's basketball action Monday evening at Timmons Arena.

The Wildcats (8-7, 5-0) shot a season high 59.2 percent (29-of-49) from the field, including 65.0 percent in the second half (13-of-20), to claim their fourth straight win and remain atop the SoCon standings.

A 16-0 first half run that saw Davidson expand a 26-18 lead to a 42-18 advantage put the Wildcats in total control and allowed Davidson to play reserves for the last 10 minutes of the game.

The loss snapped a modest two-game winning streak for Furman (6-9, 2-4 SoCon).

Sarah Davis added 15 points and Dakota Dukes tallied 10 for the Wildcats, who also converted 6-of-12 3-pointers in the contest.

Sophia Alexsandravicius, the Wildcats' leading scorer, tallied only four points in 21 minutes of action, but the tally still allowed the senior forward to set a new school career scoring record with 1,514 points.

Furman, which was led by freshman Patrice Butler's 16 points and seven rebounds, was limited to just 30.0 percent shooting (18-of-60).  The Paladins made good only 9-of-18 free throws and were outrebounded 38-33.

The Paladins will play at Elon on Friday at 7:00 p.m. before returning home for clashes with Western Carolina (Jan. 23) at 7:00 p.m. and Wofford (Jan. 26), which is a 2:00 p.m. tip.