Women’s Basketball Drops 58-42 Decision to Fordham
DAVIDSON, N.C. — Fordham hit 10 three-pointers and put four starters in double figures as Davidson dropped a 58-42 decision in a matchup of second and third place teams in the Atlantic 10 last Wednesday night in John M. Belk Arena.
The Wildcats, who were in second place, saw their league record fall to 8-3 (14-10 overall), while the Rams won their fifth straight game to move to 18-8 overall and 9-3 in the A-10.
Davidson held an early 10-5 lead in the first quarter, but it was all Fordham from there on, growing its lead to as many as 20 twice in the fourth quarter.
Fordham finished 10-of-29 from behind the arc and were paced by Bre Cavanaugh’s 15 points followed by 11 from Kaitlyn Downey. Mary Goulding had a double-double on 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Lauren Holden chipped in 11 points.
Katie Turner led the offense for the ‘Cats, scoring 12 points, while Sarah Donovan had 10 points and six rebounds. Justine Lyon came off the bench for eight points, five rebounds, two steals and a block.
For the first time this year Davidson was held without a three-pointer, finishing 0-for-9 and shot just 18-of-50 from the floor overall. It was also held to a combined 13 points in the second (8) and third (5) quarters.
After Fordham used a 12-4 run to close the first quarter and go up 17-14, it built its lead up to 31-18 on the its sixth and seventh three-pointers of the game with 1:25 remaining in the second quarter before heading into the break up 33-22.
Davidson was not able to find its offense after halftime, shooting just 2-of-13 in the third quarter and trailed 42-27 entering the final quarter. Cavanaugh hit the Rams’ ninth three-pointer at the 8:25 mark in the fourth to push the lead out to 49-29. It would reach 20 one more time at 52-32 on the Rams’ last three-pointer at the 5:50 mark.
The Wildcats did most of their damage on the night in the paint with 34 points, two off their season-high, but the Rams scored 19 second-chance points and had 18 points off of turnovers.
Davidson traveled to Amherst, Mass. on Saturday, to avenge an earlier defeat this season by UMass. The ‘Cats won the game 64-49.
GAME NOTES: This was the 11th meeting all-time between both team’s women’s basketball programs … the Wildcats fell to 3-8 in the series … Davidson fell to 8-3 at home … Turner’s double-digit scoring night was her 19th of the season and 37th for her career … her two dimes on the night gave her 109 for the season, good for 10th-most already in a single season.