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Furman Aims To Stay Unbeaten In SoCon Play Wednesday At ETSU

Jarya Outten
Jarya Outten

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Winners in its first two Southern Conference outings, Furman's women's basketball team aims to remain unbeaten in league play on Wednesday when it travels to Johnson City, Tenn., to face East Tennessee State in a 7:00 p.m. clash at Brooks Gym.

The game will be live streamed via ESPN+ and will also include StatBroadcast live stats.  Links to both are available thru

Furman (10-7, 2-0 SoCon) has gotten its 2019 SoCon campaign off to a solid start following home wins over both UNCG (64-61) and Western Carolina (65-55) over the past week.

Wednesday's contest will mark the Paladins' first league road contest of the season.

ETSU (2-15, 0-1 SoCon) tipped off league play on Saturday by dropping a 76-67 verdict at Chattanooga.  The Bucs, who have played the SoCon's toughest schedule to date, have lost four straight and seven of their last eight games.

A year ago ETSU swept the two regular season encounters with Furman, claiming a 69-57 decision in Greenville and 56-46 triumph in Johnson City to run its series winning streak to four games. The Paladins, however, still own a commanding 39-21 lead in the all-time series with the Bucs.

Furman's wins in its last two outings have been fueled by the strong play of 6-foot-3, sophomore forward Celena Taborn (13.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg), who tallied 20 points against UNCG and 15 points and eight rebounds versus Western Carolina.  Taborn, who drained 13-of-15 shots in the two victories, tops the SoCon and ranks third nationally in field goal pecentage (.687).

The Paladins are paced in scoring by junior guard Le'Jzae Davidson (17.4 ppg).

Davidson's former high school teammate at East Nashville (Tenn.) Magnet, sophomore guard Erica Haynes (14.3 ppg), paces ETSU in scoring (14.3 ppg).

Furman will follow Wednesday's contest at ETSU with a Saturday, 2:00 p.m. showdown at Chattanooga.

Hunter Reid, Sports Information