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Davidson Women’s Basketball Squares Off Against A-10 Leader Dayton Wednesday

by | Feb 4, 2020 | Sports

DAVIDSON, N.C. — Looking to rebound after its setback Sunday vs. UMass, the Davidson women’s basketball team will play host to Atlantic 10 leader Dayton Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. inside John M. Belk Arena.

The Wildcats (13-8, 6-2 A-10) sit in third place in the standings and are seeking to give the Flyers (8-0 A-10) their first league defeat of the season, as they come into the game riding a 10-game winning streak and are 15-7 overall.

GAME PROMOTION … Davidson Students have TWO CHANCES to WIN a Nintendo Switch!
Davidson Students will have two chances to WIN a Nintendo Switch by checking into Wildcat Pride Wednesday at the game. The winner will be selected in the third quarter and you must be present to win! The second Nintendo Switch will be given away during our halftime competition, so be sure to be sitting courtside at tip-off for a chance to be selected to compete.

•Davidson is in its 41st season and has collected 463 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.

•Despite hitting 12 three-pointers and having all eight players score, Davidson was unable to shake off a poor second half in falling 70-62 to Massachusetts last Sunday.
•Davidson was held to 23 second-half points on just 9-of-30 shooting from the floor, including only 3-for-17 from behind the arc. It offset a hot first half that saw the ‘Cats hit nine three-pointers, with six of them in the second quarter when they scored 28 points to go up 39-26 at the break.
•UMass went off for 44 second-half points, including outscoring the ‘Cats 24-8 in the third quarter.
Suzi-Rose Deegan scored 18 points and Chloe Welch dropped in 13, with both hitting three triples each.
•The Wildcats finished 12-of-32 from behind the arc, second time this year they hit double digits on threes.

Katie Turner continues to climb up in the Wildcats’ all-time records, with Turner closing in on 1,000 career points (947) while sitting in fifth in threes (177) and fifth in assists (330). Sarah Donovan crossed the 500-rebound mark (531) and is 13 away from reaching 15th all-time.
Ally Welling is 10th in career blocks with 81 and is three away from moving up a spot.

A-10 RANKINGS (as of 1/30) …
•The ‘Cats rank in the top five in- scoring (2nd), shooting percentage (3rd/.421), made field goals (2nd/540), three-point percentage (4th/.335), defensive three-point percentage (2nd/.284) and assists (4th/14.0).
Suzi-Rose Deegan is 3rd in made field goals (132), 4th in scoring and 6th in rebounding (7.7), Adelaide Fuller is 6th in field goal percentage (.500) and Turner has 44 threes (4th) and 85 assists (7th).

•The Wildcats are 6-2 at home on the season (3-1 vs. A-10) and have gone 16-7 the last two seasons combined.
•Davidson has a +13.1 scoring margin at home, averaging 72.9 points and shooting 43.4 percent (.363 on threes).
•Four players are averaging in double digits in points through eight league games, led by Deegan’s double-double (17.6 ppg/9.4 rpg) and Fuller’s 10.9 ppg and .535 shooting percentage.
•Three ‘Cats overall are scoring in double figures on the season- Suzi-Rose Deegan (16.5 ppg/7.7 rpg), Sarah Donovan (11.4/8.6) and Katie Turner (10.2/4.0 apg), while the team overall is averaging 69.1 points per game.
•Deegan twice has gone for 30 points, has five 20-point outings and five double-doubles on the year.
•She has paced the team in scoring 12 times, nine times in rebounding and six times in both in the same game.
•In the last five games, Deegan is averaging 16.6 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.
•Deegan (6) and Adelaide Fuller have a combined seven A-10 Rookie of the Week awards this year.
•When Davidson scores 70 or more points, it is 10-0 on the season, with a season-best 101 points vs. WCU.
•Davidson has put at least three players in doubles digits in 12 of the 21 games this year.
•The ‘Cats have shot better than 41 percent in 14 of the 21 games, with a season-best 53.7 percent vs. WCU.
•The Wildcats set a single-game school record for three-pointers (14) vs. Western Carolina, Nov. 20.
•Davidson had a season-high 10 steals at Rhode Island, Jan. 29.
•Nine times the Wildcats have had 40-plus rebounds in a game, going 7-2 in those games and are 8-3 overall when they out-rebounding the opposition.

•Dayton won its 10th in a row recently with a 59-44 road win at Saint Joseph’s last Sunday.
•Three players had 10 or more points in Jayla Scaife (12), Erin Whalen (10), and Jenna Giacone (10).
•A pair of Flyers are averaging in double figures, Whalen at 13.2 points and Scaife at 12.3 points per game.
•Dayton is 6-2 on the road and won its last five straight contests.
•Dayton was picked to finish second in the A-10 preseason poll behind conference favorites VCU (2019 A-10 Regular Season Co-Champion).
•Scaife was named to the A-10 Preseason First Team All-Conference and All-Defensive team.
•Head coach Shauna Green is in her fourth season at the helm of the Flyers and was named the 2017 WBCA National Rookie Coach of the Year.

•This is the seventh meeting between both school’s women’s basketball programs.
•Dayton took both meetings last year, including an 84-67 quarterfinal win in the A-10 Tournament.
Justine Lyon had 19 points and Sarah Donovan dropped in 16 points for the Wildcats.

Davidson embarks on a two-game road trip, first heading up to New York this weekend to face St. Bonaventure, Feb. 9, at 12 p.m.

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