Women’s Basketball Hosts Saint Joseph’s Wednesday Night
DAVIDSON, N.C. — Capping off a mini two-game homestand, Davidson will play Saint Joseph’s Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. in Atlantic 10 women’s basketball action inside John M. Belk Arena.
The Wildcats (14-11, 7-5 A-10) got back on the winning track last Sunday with a win vs. Duquesne to snap a four-game skid. They will be seeking their first win in the series vs. Hawks (8-16, 2-10 A-10), as SJU and Dayton are the only two league teams the ‘Cats have yet to defeat since joining the A-10 in 2019-20.
GAME PROMOTION … “Beach Night” for Davidson Students
Wednesday’s game is “Beach Night” for Davidson students and the first 100 students will receive a FEE Davidson Wildcats beach towel.
QUICK HITS …
•Davidson is in its 41st season and has collected 464 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.
LAST TIME OUT VS. DUQUESNE, FEB. 16 …
•Katie Turner registered game highs of 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists in helping Davidson get back on the winning track with a 79-76 win at home vs. Duquesne Sunday,.
•Turner scored all 11 points in the final six minutes of the game. She hit a couple clutch three-balls and swished home 5-of-6 free throws that helped the Wildcats erase a one-point deficit.
•Chloe Welch and Adelaide Fuller scored 11 points each in the first half, with Welch going on to net a career-high 20 for the game. Tabor finished with 12 points, seven coming in the fourth quarter.
•Davidson briefly trailed in the third quarter as well before pull back ahead to lead 59-54 at the end of it.
•The Wildcats finished just under 50 percent shooting (.491) for the game and nailed 10 three-pointers to go with game highs of 33 rebounds and 15 assists.
ALL-TIME RECORD WATCH LIST …
•Katie Turner continues to climb up in the Wildcats’ all-time records, with Turner closing in on 1,000 career points (988) while sitting in fifth in threes (183) and third in assists (346). Sarah Donovan crossed the 500-rebound mark (531) and is 13 away from reaching 15th all-time.
•Ally Welling is 9th in career blocks with 83 and is two away from moving up a spot.
A-10 RANKINGS (as of 2/17) …
•The ‘Cats rank in the top five in- scoring (2nd), shooting percentage (3rd/.413), made field goals (1st/623), three-point percentage (3rd/.333), defensive three-point percentage (2nd/.284) and assists (4th/13.4).
•Suzi-Rose Deegan is 5th in made field goals (139), 5th in scoring and 6th in rebounding (7.5), Adelaide Fuller is 5th in field goal percentage (.495) and Turner has 50 threes (5th) and 101 assists (4th).
RANDOM NOTES …
•The Wildcats sit at 7-3 at home with a 4-2 mark vs. A-10 foes and are 17-8 the past two years at home overall.
•Davidson is shooting 42.7 percent and averaging 71.1 points per game at home (+10.2 scoring margin).
•Four players are scoring in double digits through 12 league games, led by Deegan (16.0 ppg/8.6 rpg) and Fuller’s 10.8 ppg and .514 shooting percentage. Welch is pouring in 11.5 points per game.
•Deegan paces the team overall with a scoring average of 15.9 to go with a 7.5 rebounding mark 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.
•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 11-0 on the season, with a season-best 101 points vs. WCU.
•Davidson has put at least three players in doubles digits in 13 games this year.
•The Wildcats are 14-1 when leading with under five minutes left in regulation.
•The ‘Cats have shot better than 41 percent in 15 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.
•Turner moved into 3rd place all-time in assists with her five-assist outing vs. Duquesne.
•11 times the Wildcats have had 40 or more rebounds in a game, going 7-4.
SCOUTING THE HAWKS…
•Saint Joseph’s has dropped its last six straight games, including a 59-53 defeat at home to La Salle last Saturday.
•The Hawks have two double-digit scorers in Katie Jekot (10.2 ppg) and Claire Melia (10.1).
•They are 2-7 on the road this year and have lost three in a row.
•SJU was picked to finish 10th in the league’s preseason poll.
•It returns eight of 14 letterwinners from last year’s 12-19 team (7-9 A-10).
•Head coach Cindy Griffin has collected over 370 career wins in her career and has 329 at Saint Joseph’s.
ALL-TIME SERIES …
•This is the seventh meeting between both school’s women’s basketball programs since 2008 and SJU holds a 6-0 lead in the series.
•Davidson dropped a 66-54 decision to the Hawks last year on the road, getting outscored 27-6 in the fourth quarter after leading 48-39 entering the quarter.
•Three ‘Cats scored in double figures, paced by Sarah Donovan’s 18 points and nine rebounds.
A LOOK AHEAD …
Davidson plays its final two road games, first traveling to Massachusetts this weekend for a 12 p.m. game Saturday, Feb. 22. It then will play at La Salle, Feb. 26.