Furman To Battle Chattanooga Saturday

Kaitlyn Duncan hopes to lead Furman to a win Saturday at Wofford.
Kaitlyn Duncan

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman's women's basketball team will wrap up its first Southern Conference road swing of the season on Saturday when it takes on Chattanooga in 2:00 p.m. clash at UTC Arena.

The game will be live streamed via ESPN3 with Sidearm live stats available for less fortunate souls.  Links to both can be accessed thru FurmanPaladins.com.

The Paladins (10-8, 2-1 SoCon) are coming off a 75-70 loss at East Tennessee State on Wednesday despite a game high 22-point performance by sophomore forward Celena Taborn, who canned 10-of-11 shots in 27 minutes of action against the Bucs.  The Sidney, Ohio, product, who averaged 13.7 ppg, leads the nation in field goal percentage (.704, 100x142 FGs) and has been on a notable upswing of late, averaging 17.2 ppg while connecting at a 74.2 percent shooting rate over the past 10 games.

Furman is paced in scoring by junior guard Le'Jzae Davidson (17.2 ppg), who recently became the 24th player in program history to top 1,000 points.  Currently 19th with 1,081 points, Davidson will look to regain her shooting touch on Saturday after converting just 6-of-29 three-ball attempts over the last three games.

Davidson has had no difficulty producing at the free throw line, knocking home 88-of-103 chances (.854) to rank second in the SoCon.  As a team Furman, which made its first 17 free throw attempts and 22-of-25 chances from the stripe against ETSU, tops the league in free throw shooting (.739).

The return of redshirt sophomore small forward Tierra Hodges, who missed seven December and early January games with a foot injury, has given the Paladins a boost, as evidenced by her game high 14 rebounds versus ETSU.

Chattanooga is coming off an 89-82 home victory over Wofford on Thursday.  The Mocs, under the direction of first-year head coach Katie Burrows, are paced in scoring by junior guard Lakelyn Bouldin (13.0 ppg), who registered 26 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Wofford.

Chattanooga owns a commanding 52-24 lead in the all-time series with Furman, but the Paladins have regained some respect of late, winning three of the last four meetings.  A year ago Furman claimed both contests for the first time since the 2001-02 season, winning 58-57 in Greenville and 50-45 in Chattanooga.