Furman To Battle Western Carolina Thursday

Le'Jzae Davidson
Le'Jzae Davidson

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman's women's basketball squad will hit the road for the first time in Southern Conference play on Thursday when it takes on Western Carolina in a 7:00 p.m. contest at the Ramsey Center in Cullowhee, N.C.

The game will be carried over ESPN3 and Gametracker live stats will be provided, with links to both available through FurmanPaladins.com.

Furman (10-6, 1-1 SoCon) tipped off league play at home last week by splitting a pair of games, topping Samford, 45-41, before losing to Mercer, 86-64, at home.  Western Carolina, meanwhile, dropped its first two SoCon road outings, falling to East Tennessee State, 66-50, and Chattanooga, 47-32.

The Paladins and Catamounts split the two meetings last year, with Western Carolina claiming a 76-72 overtime decision in Cullowhee.  Furman holds a 40-35 all-time lead in the series.

Head coach Jackie Carson's squad is 2-3 in road contests this year, registering wins over USC Upstate (80-59) and UNC Asheville (71-63).

The Paladins will look to get back into the win column behind senior All-SoCon forward Cierra Carter, whose 16.6 ppg and 6.7 rpg averages lead the squad.  Carter scored 17 points against Mercer to move into a tie for 15th in career scoring at Furman with 1,184 points.  She also stands seventh in career rebounds with 766.

Sophomore guard Le'Jzae Davidson (14.3 ppg) is second on the team in scoring and is joined in double figures by freshman forward Celena Taborn (11.1 ppg), who has posted a pair of impressive scoring outings already this season, tallying 24 against North Carolina and 33 versus Presbyterian. The Sydney, Ohio, product paces the SoCon in field goal percentage (.618).

Furman will look to improve its perimeter defense after getting torched by Mercer, which drained 12-of-20 3-point attempts on Saturday.  The Paladins are last in the league in defending the trey (.341).

Furman will play at UNCG on Saturday in a 4:00 p.m. contest before returning home to entertain ETSU next Wednesday.

Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information