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Griswold, Furman Tame Cougars, 80-71

Teshia Griswold
Teshia Griswold

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Teshia Griswold scored 19 points and Furman used flawless free throw shooting down the stretch to tame the College of Charleston, 80-71, in women's Southern Conference basketball action Monday evening at TD Arena.

Griswold's 19 points headlined a five-player double figure scoring effort by Furman (8-11, 4-6 SoCon), which drained its final 22 free throw attempts and scored its last 18 points at the free throw line to claim its second straight win and second league road win of the season.

College of Charleston (8-12, 4-7 SoCon) got a game high 27 points from Alyssa Frye, but the Cougars could do nothing about the Paladins' work at the charity stripe, where Furman converted 28-of-30 chances (93.3 percent), including 25-of-27 over the contest's final 20 minutes.

"I'm proud of our team.  We came out with the fire tonight that we've been lacking recently, and the effort was there from start to finish," said Furman head coach Jackie Carson, whose program won for the second straight year in Charleston.  "We obviously did a nice job at the free throw line, which we needed because Frye kept hitting those three-pointers late.  It was a solid win against a good College of Charleston team."

The victory moved Furman ahead of the College of Charleston into sixth place in the league standings heading into the start of the season's second half, which begins this Saturday at home with a 1:30 p.m. clash against SoCon frontrunner Chattanaooga.

Griswold drained all seven of her free throw opportunities en route to her 19 points.  Katilin Murphy followed with 18 points, Sarah Durdaller 14, Brittany Hodges 11, and Janice Roberts finished with 10, including a perfect 8-for-8 performance at the charity stripe.

Durdaller registered a game and career high 11 rebounds.

Furman, which never trailed in the contest, led by as many as 14 points at 24-10 midway through the first half following a pair of Roberts free throws.

The Cougars twice trimmed Furman's lead to four in the first two minutes of the second half, but the Paladins responded by stretching their advantage to 13 points, the latest coming on a Durdaller jump shot that put Furman up 52-39 with 11:06 to go.

Alfreyea Tolbert's layup at the 7:54 mark capped an 8-0 Charleston run and made it a 52-45 game.

Another Tolbert layup with just under four minutes remaining again pulled the Cougars to within five at 60-55, but the Paladins quickly answered on their next possession with a Griswold field goal, the last of the game by Furman, with 3:30 showing on the clock.

From that point the Paladins were sent to the free throw line nine times and converted all 18 opportunities to keep the College of Charleston at bay.

Furman shot 46.2 percent for the game, finding the mark on 24-of-52 field goal attempts, and posted a 45-34 rebounding advantage.

The Paladins' strong work at the free throw line and decided rebounding margin helped overcome 22 turnovers.  Furman's bench also posted a 34-15 scoring advantage in the contest.