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Davidson Holds Off Furman, 73-66

Janice Roberts
Janice Roberts

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Laura Murray scored 24 points and keyed a late rally to help Davidson defeat Furman, 73-66, in Southern Conference women's basketball play Monday evening at Belk Arena.

With the score tied 60-60 with five minutes remaining, Murray delivered five points in an 8-0 run over the next four-plus minutes to spark the Wildcats (5-6, 2-0 SoCon) to the win.  

The senior guard converted 6-of-17 shots from the field and 9-of-12 free throws to go along with 11 rebounds for Davidson, which shot 45.1 percent for the game and outscored Furman by 16 points at the free throw line.  The Wildcats drained 23-of-36 chances at the charity stripe while the Paladins attempted just 11 shots from the line and made seven.

Furman was paced in scoring by Janice Roberts, who matched a career high with 15 points.  Brittany Hodges added 13 points while Sarah Durdaller and Brigid Morrissey chipped in 12 points apiece for the Paladins, who were forced to contend without guard Whitney Bunn for a second straight game due to a foot condition.  

The Paladins twice trailed by eight points in the second half and were behind 59-52 before battling back to tie the game at 60-60 following a Hodges layup with 5:08 remaining.

After getting a stop on the next possession, the Paladins' bid to take the lead, their first since the first minute of the contest, went awry with a pair of point blank Hodges misses, and Davidson used a free throw from Dakota Dukes to go up 61-60.  Aided by three crucial turnovers by the Paladins, the Wildcats and Murray then went back to work, converting a layup following a steal by Hannah Early for a 63-60 lead, and a free throw to give the Wildcats a 64-60 advantage with 3:03 to go.

A basket by Shannon Eriksson and two more Murray free throws extended the lead to 68-60, effectively registering the game's result .

Dukes and Early followed Murray in the scoring column with 17 points each.

Furman hustled to a 44-34 rebounding advantage, highlighted by a 16-7 margin on the offensive glass, but the Paladins were hurt by 15 turnovers to 10 for the Wildcats.

Hodges matched Murray for game high rebounding honors with 11 caroms.

The Paladins wrap up their season long four-game road stretch with a Sunday, 2:00 p.m. game at Coastal Carolina.