GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Le'Jzae Davidson scored 15 of her game high 20 points in the second half to propel Furman past Chattanooga, 61-54, in Southern Conference women's basketball action Thursday evening at Timmons Arena.
The victory, the third straight and fifth in the last six games for Furman (15-10, 7-3 SoCon), moved head coach Jackie Carson's Paladins into sole possession of second place in the SoCon. It also marked the Paladins' third straight win over Chattanooga (11-13, 6-3 SoCon) in Greenville and fourth triumph in the last six clashes with the Mocs.
With the score tied 37-37 after three periods, Davidson scored Furman's first seven points of the fourth quarter to a spark a 12-2 run that Kaitlyn Duncan capped with a jump shot at the 6:16 mark that put the Paladins up, 49-39, and in control.
Chattanooga cut Furman's lead to five points at 56-51 on a Arianne Whitaker three-point play with a little over a minute left, but the Paladins closed out the contest at the free throw line with three points from Duncan and a pair from Davidson.
The decisive fourth quarter was fueled by 58.3 percent shooting by the Paladins, who connnected on 7-of-12 attempts over the final 10 minutes, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range, and 7-of-8 free throws.
Davidson's 20-point effort was followed by Duncan, the Paladins' lone senior who registered 16 points and nine rebounds. Redshirt freshman Milica Manojlovic continued her second half seaon surge with season highs in both points (12) and rebounds (9) while matching Davidson with 3-for-5 shooting from beyond the arc.
The Paladins followed up their 8-of-17 shooting from 3-point range in last Saturday's 59-49 win over UNCG by finding the mark on 6-of-12 3-pointers versus UTC.
Furman finished the game shooting 39.2 percent (20x51) while Chattanooga hit on just 21-of-62 shots (.339) against the Paladins, who entered the game leading the SoCon in field goal percentage defense.
Furman fell behind early, 10-1, before battling back to trail 25-23 at intermission.
Chattanooga opened the second half with a 7-0 spurt to take a 32-22 lead following a Bria Dial 3-pointer. Furman, however, outscored the Mocs 15-5 the rest of the third period to tie the game at 37-37 heading to the fourth.
Lakelyn Bouldin paced four UTC double figure scorers with 16 points.
Sporting an 11-3 record in Timmons Arena this year, Furman closes its home schedule on Saturday when it plays host to East Tennessee State in a 2:00 p.m. contest.
Hunter Reid, Sports Information