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Furman Falls At Kennesaw State, 74-63

Le'Jzae Davidson
Le'Jzae Davidson

KENNESAW, GA. -- Kamiyah Street scored 25 points and Kennesaw State took advantage of 23 Furman turnovers to down the Paladins, 74-63, in women's basketball action Wednesday evening at the KSU Convocation Center.

The Owls (2-2) trailed the Paladins (1-2) 19-14 after one quarter but turned up the defensive pressure thereafter to erase the deficit and grab the lead they would never relinquish.

Tierra Hodges' jump shot three minutes into the second period put Furman up, 25-19, but Kennesaw State closed with a 13-3 run to take a 32-28 lead into halftime.

The Paladins got within a basket twice early in the third quarter, only to see the Owls counter.  Street's layup at the 6:31 mark of the third period capped a 7-0 run to give KSU a 41-32 lead before Furman answered with 7-2 spurt to get within 43-39 on a Kaitlyn Duncan jump shot with four minutes to go.

Jarya Outten converted a fast break layup two minutes into the final period to get Furman to within 51-48, but the Owls responded with another 7-0 run, highlighted by two baskets and free throw from Street to stretch the advantage to 58-48.

Street made 10-of-17 shots, including one 3-pointer, and collected five of KSU's 10 assists to lead all scorers.  Amani Johnson contributed 17 points, and Alexis Poole registered a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Le'Jzae Davidson paced Furman with 21 points.  Her trio of 3-pointers helped stake the Paladins to the 19-14 lead after one quarter.  Celena Taborn followed with 12 points, but the Paladin sophomore forward played only 19 minutes due to foul trouble.  Duncan rounded out Furman's double figure scoring effort with 11 points.

KSU posted a nine-point advantage (23-14) in points off turnovers.

The Owls shot 45.0 percent from the field (27x60) and 51.7 percent in the second half, including 8-for-13 work in the fourth period.

Furman converted 21-of-51 shots (41.2 percent) and were outrebounded 37-31 in the contest.