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Furman Looks For Best Start In Carson Era Saturday At PC

Stephania Oramas
Stephania Oramas

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman's women's basketball team looks to complete its non-conference schedule on a high note Saturday when it makes the short trip to Clinton to face Presbyterian in a 2:00 p.m. clash at Templeton Center.

The game will be live streamed by the Big South Network and StatBroadcast live stats provided.  Links to both can be accessed through FurmanPaladins.com.

A 71-63 road winner at UNC Asheville on Thursday, Furman (9-4) can secure its best 14-game start to the season under head coach Jackie Carson with a victory over PC (2-8), which is seeing its first action since dropping a 64-57 decision to UNCG on Dec. 21.

The Paladins sported a 9-5 slate 14 games into the 2014-15 campaign under Carson, now in her eighth season at her alma mater.

Furman and PC haven't faced each other on the hardwood since the 2011-12 campaign, when the Paladins posted a 63-47 victory in Clinton.  Furman leads the all-time series 11-3 but is just 1-3 in Clinton.

The Paladins rode a career high 31-point performance from Le'Jzae Davidson in its win over UNCA.  The sophomore guard, whose 3-pointer with a second on the clock beat Ohio, 70-68, on Dec. 16, tallied 24 of her 31 points in the second half against the Bulldogs.  She is averaging 15.5 ppg.

Senior All-SoCon forward Cierra Carter tops the Paladins' scoring ledger, contributing 15.5 ppg and coming off a 17-point effort in Thursday's victory — nine of which came in a pivotal second quarter that saw Furman outscore UNCA 24-7 to take a 15-point halftime lead.

Fueling Furman's solid work this year has been an offense that tops the SoCon in scoring (71.2 ppg) and field goal percentage (44.0%).  The Paladins have also notched improvement in rebounding (+3.8) and blocked shots (4.0 avg.) — leading the league in both categories.

Furman, which has drained 22-of-49 3-point attempts (44.9%) over the last three games, tips off SoCon play next Thursday at home against Samford.

Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information