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Furman Looking To Remain Perfect In SoCon Play Saturday Versus Western Carolina

Furman Paladins
Furman Paladins

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Coming off Thursday's 64-61 Southern Conference season opening victory over UNC Greensboro, Furman's women's basketball team will look to extend the momentum on Saturday when it plays host to Western Carolina in a 2:00 p.m. contest in Timmons Arena.

The game will be live streamed via ESPN3 with Bryant Lambert and former Paladin Susan Troutman on the call.  Fans can also follow the action via StatBroadcast live stats.  Links to both are located on FurmanPaladins.com.

Furman (9-7, 1-0) used strong second half shooting to down UNCG, converting 15-of-28 shots over the final two periods on the way to a solid 45.1 percent shooting effort (23x51) against the Spartans.

Junior guard Le'Jzae Davidson (18.0 ppg), the team's leading scorer, tallied 22 points to pace the Paladins versus UNCG, including 13 in the decisive fourth period.  Sophomore forward Celena Taborn contributed 20 points, finding the mark on 7-of-8 field goal attempts to improve her season field goal percentage rate to 67.7 percent.  The Sidney, Ohio, product tops the SoCon and ranks sixth nationally in the category.

Head coach Jackie Carson's squad expects to welcome back redshirt sophomore small forward Tierra Hodges from a foot injury that sidelined her for the last seven games.  Hodges was contributing 7.4 ppg and 6.9 rpg before exiting the action following the Paladins' 58-47 triumph over UNC Asheville on Nov. 30.

The Paladins continued their solid work at the free throw line against UNCG, converting 14-of-18 opportunities.  Over the last nine games Furman has drained 149-of-191 free throws (.780).

Western Carolina (3-12, 0-1 SoCon) opened its league schedule on Thursday, dropping a 91-65 verdict at Wofford.

Furman won both clashes with Western Carolina a year ago, including a 66-46 triumph in Greenville, and has claimed five of the past six meetings.