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Furman Rides First Quarter Shutout To 57-36 Win Over Samford

Furman Rides First Quarter Shutout To 57-36 Win Over Samford

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Le'Jzae Davidson scored 20 points and Furman rode a first quarter shutout to a 57-36 victory over Samford in women's basketball action Thursday evening at Timmons Arena.

The victory, the largest by the Paladins in series history, improves Furman to 12-9 overall and 4-2 in SoCon play while Samford falls to 7-14 overall and 2-4 in league action with the loss.

Davidson connected on 6-of-7 shots over the game's first 10 minutes to register 13 of the Paladins' 16 first period points, and Furman's defense helped smother the Bulldogs, who missed on all 10 first quarter shots and committed six turnovers.

The shutout was the first by Furman since the women's game went to four-quarter play and bettered the one point surrendered to Wofford in the second quarter of last Saturday's game — a 63-50 Paladin victory.

A Cassidy Williams layup 15 seconds into the second quarter gave Samford its first points, but the Bulldogs never threatened after their poor start, trailing 31-15 at halftime and 44-29 after three quarters.

Freshman Jade Kirisome matched her season high with 14 points, and redshirt sophomore Tierra Hodges claimed a career high 16 rebounds to pace the Paladins, who registered a commanding 42-28 advantage on the glass.

Furman's strong defensive effort limited Samford to 27.7 percent shooting (13x47), including 4-of-23 from 3-point range (17.4%).  The Bulldogs entered the contest ranked second in the SoCon in 3-point shooting (33.8%).

Head coach Jackie Carson emptied her bench, playing all 15 players in uniform.

The Paladins play host to Mercer on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in their annual "Play4Kay" contest.