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Women’s Basketball Rolls Past Presbyterian, 6 ‘Cats Post Double Figures

by | Dec 18, 2018 | Sports

Senior Kianna Speight

DAVIDSON, N.C.  — Kianna Speight paced six Davidson players in double figures with 18 points on six three-pointers as the Wildcats cruised past Presbyterian, 83-56, in front of over 3,000 fans on Education Day at Belk Arena.

Kelly Fitzgerald earned a career high 13 points.

Coming of a 90-80 upset of Clemson over the weekend, Davidson (6-5) also got double digits from Justine Lyon (13 points), Kelly Fitzgerald (13, a career-high), Katie Turner (12), Sarah Donovan (11) and Cassidy Gould (10). Lyon just missed a double-double with nine rebounds and added three assists and a game-high four steals.

The last time the ‘Cats had six hit the 10-point plateau was against former SoCon rival Chattanooga on Feb. 14, 2009.

Davidson, which torched the nets for 59.3 percent in the opening half, raced out to a 21-4 lead and pushed the margin to as many as 30 late in the contest.

As a team, the Wildcats shot 50 percent overall, including 10 triples, while holding the Blue Hose to just 35.7 percent. It was the second straight game they shot over 50 percent and hit double-digits in threes.

It was education day at John Belk Arena – with more than 3,000 school children in attendance.

In addition, Davidson recorded 10 steals and forced 27 miscues, turning them into 32 points at the other end.

For the second straight outing, the Wildcats were impressive sharing the basketball as they finished with 21 assists on 33 made field goals.

Ally Welling matched Lyon with nine boards for the Wildcats, who held a commanding 37-26 advantage on the glass.

Kacie Hall paced Presbyterian (1-7) with a game-high 20 points.

One of the lone bright spots for the Blue Hose was their production at the charity stripe, going 20-for-25.

Next up, the Wildcats will travel cross-county rival Charlotte Friday for a 6 p.m. tipoff at Halton Arena.

GAME NOTES: This was just the third meeting all-time between both team’s women’s basketball programs, but the first matchup since 1985 … the Wildcats scored their first win in the series … Davidson’s win was its third straight at home … the 21 assists were one off a season high and the sixth time in 11 games the ‘Cats have dished out at least 18 in a game … Davidson has had at least three double-digit scorers in 10 of 11 games this year … the 33 made field goals were a team season high.

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