Furman Falls To Xavier In West Palm Beach Invitational, 75-62

Cierra Carter
Cierra Carter

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. -- Aaliyah Dunham scored 14 points and Xavier used a strong third quarter and command of the boards to turn back Furman, 75-62, in Sunday evening women's basketball action in the West Palm Beach Invitational, hosted on the campus of Keiser University.

Furman senior forward Cierra Carter followed up Saturday's career high 31-point performance in the Paladins' 70-68 win over Ohio with a game high 25 points against the Xavier, but it wasn't enough as Furman fell to 8-4 on the season with the loss.

The Paladins return to action on Dec 28 at UNC Asheville.

Carter scored 14 of Furman's 19 points in the second period to help the Paladins erase a 25-13 deficit, her 3-pointer with 23 seconds to go tying the contest at 32-32 heading into intermission.

Another Carter 3-pointer at the 6:12 mark of the third quarter tied it a 39-39, but back-to-back treys by Deja Ross and Dunham put the Musketeers up 45-39 a couple of minutes later. A Le'Jzae Davidson three-point play with 3:30 to go in the third quarter pulled the Paladins to within 45-42, after which Xavier finished off the period with a 7-2 spurt capped by A'riana Gray steal and layup by Kindell Fincher for a 52-44 advantage.

The Musketeers put the game away at the free throw line in the fourth quarter, converting 14-of-19 opportunities, including 7-of-9 chances by Dunham.

Davidson joined Carter in double figures for Furman with 12 points.  Stephania Oramas registered a game high eight assists, and Kaitlyn Duncan claimed nine rebounds for the Paladins, who were outboarded 39-25.

Furman made 25-of-54 shots (.463%), including 7-of-17 3-pointers.  Xavier matched it, connecting on 26-of-57 field goal attempts and 9-of-25 shots from 3-point range.

Gray paced all rebounders with 11 caroms.

Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information