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Furman Subdues Samford, 59-55

Sarah Durdaller
Sarah Durdaller

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Sarah Durdaller scored 13 points — all in the second half — and claimed a career high 13 rebounds to power Furman past Samford, 59-55, in Southern Conference women's basketball play Monday evening at Timmons Arena.

Durdaller, a sophomore forward who missed Furman's first clash against Samford, a 65-33 blowout loss in Birmingham, due to a broken foot, scored seven points in an 11-2 second half run that rallied the Paladins from a four-point deficit to a 48-42 advantage with nine and half minutes to go — a lead Furman would not relinquish the rest of the way.

The win halted a six-game series losing skid for Furman (9-12, 5-7 SoCon) and marked the Paladins' first win in Greenville against Samford (11-10, 8-4 SoCon).

Durdaller's double-double was her second in the last three games, which began with a 14-point, 11-rebound performance in an 80-71 win at College of Charleston.

Teshia Griswold also tallied 13 points for Furman, which got 12 points from Brittany Hodges and 10 from freshman Patrice Butler.  Senior guard Kaitlin Murphy, who entered the contest with 996 points, contributed seven points to became the 19th player in program history to score 1,000 points.

The Paladins shot just 35.2 percent from the field but continued their recent torrid work at the free throw line, converting 18-of-20 attempts (90.0 percent).  Furman also notched a 38-33 rebounding advantage in the contest and committed a season low nine turnovers, including just two in the second half.

Samford got a game high 20 points from Jazmine Martin, who kept the Bulldogs within striking distance down the stretch with a trio of 3-pointers, and Hannah Dawson added 12 points.

Furman led 33-30 at intermission and opened the second half with a pair of Durdaller free throws to take a 35-30 advantage before Samford fashioned a 9-0 run to grab a 39-35 lead on Dawson's layup at the 14:34 mark.

A Martin jump shot at the 14:36 juncture put Samford up 41-37 before Furman responded with the game changing 11-0 spurt.  A Janice Roberts assist that led to a Patrice Butler layup broke a 41-41 tie, and Durdaller later followed with a three-point play for a 46-42 advantage with 10:45 to go.  Durdaller finished off run a little over a minute later with two free throws for a 48-42 lead.

Martin did her best to keep Samford close the rest of the way, draining three, 3-pointers for the Bulldogs, who cut the Furman lead to 57-55 on a Kendall Schwantz jumper in the lane with 12 seconds to go.  The Paladins, however, put the game away with a pair of Murphy free throws with nine seconds remaining.

Janice Roberts' five assists marked a career high.