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Women’s Basketball’s Education Day Game vs. Fordham Wednesday Morning

by | Jan 7, 2020 | Sports

Davidson’s Sarah Donovan.


DAVIDSON, N.C. — Coming off an Atlantic 10 opening win at Saint Louis last Saturday, Davidson looks to carry the momentum into Wednesday morning when it plays host to Fordham in the Wildcats’ annual Education Day game at 11 a.m. inside John M. Belk Arena.

This is the first of three home games for the month of January for the Wildcats (8-6, 1-0 A-10), who will host Rhode Island this weekend, Jan. 12, for a nationally-televised game and George Washington, Jan. 18.

It is the sixth straight Education Day game for Davidson after hosting Presbyterian last year. Kids from local schools of Coddle Creek Elementary, Concord Middle School, Community School of Davidson, Hurley Elementary, Lake Norman Charter Middle School, and Lake Norman Charter Elementary will be in attendance Wednesday.

•Davidson is in its 41st season and has collected 458 wins in program history.
•The ‘Cats are in their sixth year in the Atlantic 10 after a 21-year run in the SoCon.
Sarah Donovan (1st) and Katie Turner (2nd) were named to the league’s all-preseason teams.
•Davidson was picked fifth in the A-10 preseason poll after a tie for fourth place last year.

•Davidson started the year 2020 out with a 65-58 A-10 opening win on the road last Saturday vs. the Billikens.
Suzi-Rose Deegan had her second-straight double-double on 25 points and a season-best 14 rebounds. She scored 16 points in the second half, including 11 in the third quarter when the ‘Cats took the lead for good.
•After falling behind 10-0 to start the game and 19-7 at the end of the first quarter, Davidson went on a 40-16 spurt that ended in the third quarter and gave turned a 21-9 deficit into a 49-37 lead.
•Davidson led by 14 points before SLU got within 61-58 and 28 lefts left. Ally Welling, Deegan and Cassidy Gould helped ice the win by combing for four free throws in the last 25 seconds.
•The Wildcats scored 38 points in the paint and had its second-lowest turnover total with just eight.

Katie Turner continues to climb up in the Wildcats’ all-time records, with Turner closing in on 1,000 career points (876) while sitting in fifth in threes (163) and 11th in assists (295). Donovan recently crossed the 500-rebound mark (531) and is 13 away from reaching 15th all-time.
Ally Welling is 10th in career blocks with 78 and is six away from moving up a spot.

•The ‘Cats rank- 4th in scoring and made field goals (362), 3rd in percentage (.420), 6th in rebounds (553/39.5 rpg) and assists (196/14.0 apg). Deegan is tops in the league in made field goals (89) and 4th in scoring (16.4), while Donovan is 1st in rebounding average (8.6 rpg) and Turner is 5th in made threes (30).

•Davidson moved to 2-4 in A-10 openers after its win at Sain Louis and 14-13 all-time in league openers.
•The Wildcats sit at 3-1 on the season at home and they went 5-3 a year ago against A-10 foes at home.
Davidson finished non-conference play 7-6, its most wins since collecting nine during the 2006-07 season.
•Three ‘Cats are scoring in double figures- Suzi-Rose Deegan (16.4 ppg), Sarah Donovan (11.4/8.6 rpg) and Katie Turner (10.3), while the team overall is averaging 68.9 points per game.
•When Davidson scores 70 or more points, it is 6-0 on the season, with a season-best 101 points vs. WCU.
•Davidson has put at least three players in doubles digits in half of the 14 games this year.
•Donovan has 18 double-doubles for her career, four of which have come this season.
•Donovan’s 20-rebound effort at High Point, Dec. 2, was the most since Sophia Aleksandravicius hauled in the same amount at Appalachian State (1/15/12).
•Deegan is riding a seven-game double-digit scoring streak and has hit the mark in 10 of the last 11 overall.
•During the seven-game stretch, she has averages of 20 ppg / 8.4 rpg and is shooting 50 percent from the field.
•Deegan has three 20-point games and a 30-point game vs. Charlotte during the stretch.
•The Wildcats set a single-game school record for three-pointers (14) vs. Western Carolina, Nov. 20.
•Deegan has been named the A-10 Rookie of the Week four times this year.
•The freshman twice has gone for 30 points (31 vs. Kansas City and 30 vs.
Charlotte) and has a pair of double-doubles at Florida and Saint Louis.
•Davidson has shot better than 41 percent in eight of the 14 games this year.

•Fordham won its A-10 opener at home vs. St. Bonaventure last Saturday, 79-53, for its eighth straight win.
•The Rams used a 27-8 third-quarter run to take control of the game and got 29 points from Bre Cavanaugh.
•Cavanaugh, who was this week’s A-10 Player of the Week, paces the team with a 17.6 points per game average.
•Kendall Heremaia is tied for tops in the league in rebounds at 8.6 and is pouring in 13 points a game.
•Two others average in double figures, Anna Dewolfe (12.9 ppg) and Kaitlyn Downey (10.9).
•Fordham is 2-2 on the road this year, with its last game having been Dec. 5 at Manhattan (W, 51-45).
•The Rams won their second A-10 Championship Title last year, finishing with a 25-9 record.

•This is the 12th meeting between both school’s women’s basketball programs, with Fordham holding an 8-3 record in the series.
•Davidson and Fordham split their two games last year, each winning on the road.
•The Rams hit 10 three-pointers on the ‘Cats’ home floor in the most recent meeting and won 58-42.

Davidson will welcome Rhode Island to John M. Belk Arena this coming Sunday, Jan. 12, for a nationally-televised game on NBC Sports at 4:30 p.m.

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