Davidson Women’s Basketball Scores “Education Day” Win vs. Fordham
DAVIDSON, N.C. — Freshman Suzi-Rose Deegan tallied her third straight double-double and Davidson put four scorers in double figures in picking up a 74-62 Education Day win against Fordham in Atlantic 10 play in front of nearly 1,500 local elementary students inside John M. Belk Arena.
Davidson moved to 2-0 in league play and 9-6 overall, winning at home for the fourth time in the past five games. The Wildcats also played spoiler today, snapping the Rams (9-6, 1-1 A-10) nine-game winning streak on the season and their 13-game league winning streak dating back to last season.
Adelaide Fuller led the way for the Wildcats off the bench with a very efficient game. In 18 minutes of action, the freshman scored 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting and a perfect 3-for-3 from the charity stripe. Fuller helped spark a 12-3 run in the first quarter with a triple at the top of the arc that turned a 6-4 deficit into a 16-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Davidson never looked back, leading by 13 points in the second quarter (28-15) and then by 16 points in the fourth quarter (66-50) when Deegan nailed a three-ball in the corner with 4:44 to go. The reigning A-10 Rookie of the Week had 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
Chloe Welch nailed 6-of-12 shots and swished home all four of her free throws for 17 points, setting a new career best. Rounding out the quartet of scorers in double figures was Katie Turner with 11 points and she added six rebounds.
Fordham also had four double-digit scorers, paced by Bre Cavanaugh’s 21 points. Kendall Heremaia had a double-double on 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Anna DeWolfe and Kaitlyn Downey added 15 and 11 points, respectively.
The Rams got within eight points, 52-44, when Cavanaugh opened the fourth quarter with a three-point play. Davidson responded right away on the other end with a Fuller layup and went on a 14-6 run to push its lead out to its biggest advantage of the game at 66-50.
Davidson led at halftime 33-23 and led by as many as 13 points in the third quarter before ending it with a 52-41 lead.
Hitting the 40-rebound mark for the ninth time this year, the Wildcats had a 42-32 advantage on the glass and shot 42.2 percent from the floor with a 14-of-16 showing at the 15-foot line.
Fordham finished the game shooting 42.9 percent, but was 3-of-16 from behind the arc and only 5-of-10 at the free-throw line.
Wrapping up a two-game homestand, Davidson hosts Rhode Island Sunday at 4:30 p.m. in a game that will be televised by NBC Sports.
GAME NOTES: This was the 12th meeting all-time between both team’s women’s basketball programs …. Davidson won its fourth in the series to move to 4-8 vs. the Rams … Deegan pushed her double-digit scoring streak to eight in a row … she has scored in double figures in 11 of the past 12 games overall … Deegan has a combined 40 rebounds her last three games … the Wildcats had 21-7 advantage in second-chance points, setting a new season high … Cassidy Gould dished out six dimes, the fifth game this year she has had five or more in a game … Davidson is starting A-10 play 2-0 for the second straight season.