SPORTS

Wildcat Fall to Fordham at Home as Part of Play4Kay Game

by | Feb 10, 2018 | Sports

Junior Kyla Roland is wearing one of the ‘Cats “Play4Kay” fight cancer t-shirts. The Cats sold the shirts and raffled off items to benefit the Play4Kay charities.

DAVIDSON, N.C.  — Davidson’s defense held Fordham to 35.6 percent shooting, but was unable to find its own shot and dropped a 58-45 decision Saturday afternoon as part of the Wildcats’ annual Play4Kay game inside John M. Belk Arena.

Senior Mackenzie Latt pulls up for a short jumper in the game against Fordham.

The ‘Cats (10-15, 5-7 A-10) dropped both of their meetings this year to the Rams, who moved to 19-6 overall and 10-2 in league action with their 12th win in the last 14 games.

Fordham put four players in double figures, with Bre Cavanaugh scoring a game-high 19 points. Lauren Holden hit five three-pointers for 15 points, G’mrice Davis registered a double-double on 11 points and 21 rebounds and Mary Goulding had 10 points.

Freshman Katie Turner faked left and drove right to take it past several Fordham defenders.

Mackenzie Latt led three Wildcats in double figures with 13 points, while Katie Turner and Kianna Speight netted 11 each. Davidson’s leading scorer Justine Lyon was held to just three points, 12 below her season average.

Turner had brought the ‘Cats within one point, 35-34, on a driving layup with 4:24 left in the third quarter after trailing by nine. Fordham though answered with a 17-5 run that spanned from the end of the third quarter to the 5:48 mark of the fourth quarter for a 52-41 lead that was too much for the Wildcats to overcome.

Junior Kianna Speight gets a fast break against Fordham.

Davidson hit only one field goal during the Rams’ run and finished the afternoon just 16-of-49 overall (32.7 percent).

The Wildcats saw Fordham run off a 15-0 run on its way to a 20-10 first quarter lead, but they responded with their own run (9-0) to close within 20-16 in the second quarter. Davidson was down just five at the half, 29-24.

For the first time in six games, Davidson did not win the battle on the glass as Fordham had a 49-28 edge, getting 20 offensive rebounds. The ‘Cats did turn 16 Fordham turnovers into a game-high 19 points.

Justing Lyon drives past several Fordham defenders to take one in for a layup.

Davidson stays home to take on Saint Joseph’s this coming Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m.

GAME NOTES: This was the ninth meeting all-time between both teams … Fordham won its third straight game in the series and leads 7-2 … Davidson saw its double-digit assist streak come to an end at 15 with just eight assists … Justine Lyon had her personal-best streak of 19 straight games scoring in double figures halted … she still has scored in double figures in 42 of her the last 46 games overall dating back to last season … Lyon is closing in on 1,000 career points, needing 37 more to hit the mark … Mackenzie Latt moved into third all-time in scoring with 1,519 points … prior to the start of the game, Latt was honored with a 1,500-point ball as she is just the fourth Wildcats all-time to reach that mark in a career … Davidson has had at least three players score in double figures in 13 of the past 14 games.

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