Women's Basketball

 

Murphy, Paladins Take Terriers For A Walk, 70-61

Kaitlin Murphy

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Kaitlin Murphy scored a season high 20 points to lead Furman past Wofford, 70-61, in Southern Conference women's basketball play Saturday afternoon at Timmons Arena.

Murphy, a senior guard from Memphis, Tenn., connected on 6-of-10 shots, including a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, and 5-of-6 free throws to up her career scoring tally to 974 points, putting her in position to become the 19th 1,000-point scorer in school history.

The win, which improved Furman (7-11, 3-6 SoCon) to 21-0 all-time against Wofford (6-11, 1-8 SoCon) in Greenville, halted the Paladins' modest three-game losing streak.

Brittany Hodges added 18 points and six rebounds for Furman, which also got nine points from freshman Patrice Butler and a solid outing from Janice Roberts, who combined six points with a game high eight rebounds, three assists, and a steal in 27 minutes of action.

Daniellia Motley scored 18 points and registered seven rebounds to lead Wofford, which also received a 14-point performance from Morgan Wrightson.

The two teams combined to shoot 61 free throws, and the physical contest generated 59 fouls and 49 turnovers.

Furman overcame an early 14-4 deficit to take a 34-29 lead.

The Terriers battled back to tie it a 40-40 on a Rachel Brittenham free throw five minutes into the second half.

Furman answered with 17-4 run over the next nine minutes to go up 57-44 following a pair of Hodges free throw with 6:24 remaining.  

Wofford used a technical foul on Furman to trim the advantage to six at 57-51, and trailed 59-53 before Hodges and Roberts contributed a pair of free throws and Teshia Griswold connected on a jump shot with 3:37 to to stretch the lead back to double digits and effectively put the Paladins in control.

Furman shot 42.6 percent from the field (20-of-47) and connected on 27-of-38 free throws to outscore the Terriers by 14 points at the line.  Wofford drained more field goals (24-of-54) but found the mark on just 13-of-27 free throw attempts (48.1 percent).

Furman claimed a 38-33 rebounding advantage.