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Petty, Hodges Power Furman Past UNC Asheville, 58-47

Petty, Hodges Power Furman Past UNC Asheville, 58-47

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Taylor Petty scored a game high 17 points and Tierra Hodges contributed 11 points and 11 rebounds to power Furman past UNC Asheville, 58-47, in women's basketball action Friday evening at Timmons Arena.

The victory was the fourth straight for Furman (4-3) over UNC Asheville (3-3),

Petty, a redshirt junior guard, connected on 3-of-6 shots, including 2-of-4 3-pointers, and drained 9-of-13 free throws for her 17 points — a season high since joining the Furman program a year ago following two seasons at Presbyterian College.

Petty's 3-pointer with just under seven minutes remaining in the game, gave the Paladins a 46-39 lead, helping to blunt a Bulldog comeback bid that saw the Bulldogs slice Furman's lead to 41-39 following a Zip Scott layup a minute into the fourth quarter.

The 11 rebounds marked a career high for Hodges, who sat out the 2017-18 season with a knee injury.

Kaitlyn Duncan also registered a career high 13 rebounds to go along with seven points and three blocks for Furman, which posted a 46-36 edge of the boards while limiting UNCA to 29.0 percent shooting (18-of-62).

Celena Taborn contributed 11 points in 18 minutes of action, and Le'Jzae Davidson, who torched UNCA for 31 and 27 points, respectively, in a pair of wins over the Bulldogs last year, tallied six of her 10 points in the fourth period.  Her 3-pointer with 1:59 to go gave Furman a 54-43 lead — its first double digit margin of the contest.

The Paladins trailed 17-16 after one quarter but turned up the defensive pressure in the second quarter, limiting the Bulldogs to just one basket on 1-of-14 shooting to take a 27-19 lead into halftime.

UNCA opened the second half with an 8-1 run to tie the game at 28-28 on a Scott layup following a Juliet Esadah steal.

Nadira Evans' layup gave the Bulldogs a 32-30 lead, but it didn't last as Furman responded with a 7-0 burst capped by a Petty free throw for a 37-32 advantage.

Three Bulldogs — Sonora Dengokl, Ali Trani, and Amaryah Corpening — scored nine points to lead UNCA.