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Furman Continues Road Swing Saturday At UNCG

Furman head coach Jackie Carson
Jackie Carson

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Coming off Thursday's 68-59 triumph over Western Carolina, Furman's women's basketball squad continues its two-game road swing on Saturday when it takes on UNCG in a 4:00 p.m. clash at Fleming Gym.

The contest will be streamed via ESPN3 and StatBroadcast live stats provided, with links to both available thru Furman Paladins.com.

Furman (11-6, 2-1 SoCon) claimed its first SoCon road win of the campaign by beating Western Carolina, getting 16 points from Le'Jzae Davidson, 15 points from Celena Taborn, and 14 from Cierra Carter.

UNCG (7-11, 1-2 SoCon) earned its first league victory on Thursday with a 66-51 home win over Wofford.  Sophomore guard Nadine Solomon, last year's SoCon Freshman of the Year, led the way with 17 points along with senior center Ije Ajemba, who also contributed 17 points and an impressive 21 rebounds in the triumph over the Terriers.

UNCG holds a slight 24-23 lead in the all-time series, but Furman has won 12 of the last 16 meetings.

The Paladins and Spartans split last year's two regular season meetings, with both teams winning at home.  UNCG went on to down Furman, 68-63, in SoCon Tournament first round action.

Furman is paced in scoring and rebounding by Carter (16.4 ppg/6.6 rpg), the Paladins' senior All-SoCon forward.  Davidson (14.4 ppg), a sophomore guard, follows, and Taborn (11.3 ppg), a 6-foot-3 freshman forward, is fashioning an impressive inaugural campaign that includes a 24-point performance against North Carolina and 33-point, 13-rebound effort versus Presbyterian.  The Sydney, Ohio, product leads the SoCon in field goal percentage (.622).

The Paladins, who connected on 7-of-13 3-pointers in the win over Western Carolina, rank third in the league from beyond the arc (.340) and the Spartans ninth (.258).  UNCG tops the SoCon in rebounding margin (+5.7) on the strength of Ajemba's league best 12.3 rpg average, and Furman is second in carom margin (+4.8).

Furman will return home to face ETSU next Wednesday.

Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information