GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Le'Jzae Davidson scored 13 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter and Celena Taborn followed with a 20-point performance to propel Furman past UNC Greensboro, 64-61, in Southern Conference season opening women's basketball action for both teams Thursday evening at Timmons Arena.
Furman (9-7, 1-0 SoCon) used solid shooting over the game's final 20 minutes to notch the victory ahead of Saturday's 2:00 p.m. home clash against Western Carolina, canning 15-of-28 second half shots (53.6%) to finish at 45.1 percent (23-of-51) for the game.
The Paladins trailed 34-26 midway thru the third period before Jarya Outten's three-point played sparked a 7-0 burst that cut the Spartans' lead to 34-33. Davidson then accounted for Furman's final seven points of the quarter with a 3-pointer sandwiched by a pair of jump shots to knot the game at 40-40.
Davidson continued her offense in the fourth quarter, putting the Paladins ahead for good with a 3-pointer at the 6:48 mark for a 45-42 advantage, and two possessions later Taylor Petty bottomed a trey from the left corner to put Furman up, 48-44.
Furman twice stretched its lead to eight points, going up 54-46 on a Taborn layup and 61-53 following a Davidson layup.
UNCG junior guard Nadine Solomon accounted for the Spartan's final seven points to finish with a game high 26 points on 8-of-18 shooting.
Davidson found the mark on 8-of-21 shots and all four free throws. Taborn, meanwhile, who entered the contest ranked seventh nationally with a 66.4 field goal percentage, improved on that figure by connecting on 7-of-8 shots to go along with 6-of-7 work at the free throw line.
UNCG (6-10, 0-1 SoCon), the SoCon's top rebounding team, posted a 40-33 edge on the glass, getting a game high 13 caroms from Te'ja Twitty, who also scored 10 points.