Furman Rides Solid Shooting, Strong Defense Past UNCG, 59-49

Furman Rides Solid Shooting, Strong Defense Past UNCG, 59-49

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Le'Jzae Davidson scored 12 of her game high 14 points in the second half and Furman combined strong perimeter shooting with another stellar defensive effort to dispatch UNC Greensboro, 59-49, in Southern Conference women's basketball play Saturday afternoon at Fleming Gym.

The win, the fourth in the last five games for Furman (14-10, 6-3 SoCon), completed a perfect two-game road swing for the Paladins and season sweep of UNCG (9-15, 3-6 SoCon).

Limited to just two points over the game's first 20 minutes, Davidson, Furman's junior All-Southern Conference guard, came up big in a pivotal third quarter, connecting on a trio of 3-pointers, including back-to-back treys at the 2:15 and 1:11 mark to stretch a 41-34 Furman lead to 47-34.

From that point UNCG only once got the Paladins' lead under 10 points when Cece Crudup's drained a lane jumper with 5:59 to go to pull the Spartans to within 49-40.  Furman quickly answered, however, behind Davidson, who put down a free throw and a jump shot to push the lead to 52-40.

A Celena Taborn free throw with 2:24 to go gave the Paladins their largest lead of the game at 57-40.

Furman's victory was fueled by the its best 3-point shooting effort of the season in a game with more than 10 attempts as the Paladins connected on 8-of-17 shots (.471) from beyond the arc.  The SoCon leader in field goal percentage defense, the Paladins also continued their rock solid defensive work, limiting UNCG to just 29.7 percent shooting (19x64) and the SoCon's top scorer, Nadine Soliman, to just 13 points.

Milica Manojlovic and Jade Kirisome followed Davidson in the scoring column with 10 points apiece. Kirisome's entire scoring tally came in the first half and helped Furman erase an early defict and take the lead for good midway thru the first period.

Leading 26-23 at intermission, Furman quickly took control of the contst with an 8-3 spurt to start the second half, going up 34-26 on a layup by Taborn at the 7:49 mark.

Furman posted a 41-36 rebounding advantage on the strength of Kaitly Duncan's game high 10 caroms.

The Paladins return home to face Chattanooga next Thursday.