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Wildcats Defeat LaSalle in Round 1 of the Women’s A-10 Tournament

by | Mar 3, 2020 | Sports

Katie Turner drained a couple of her 3-point shots from NBA range.


DAVIDSON, N.C.  — Junior Katie Turner drilled a season-high tying six three-pointers, including two late in the game, and Davidson held off 10th-seeded La Salle to earn a 67-63 victory in the first round of the 2020 Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Championship Tuesday night inside John M. Belk Arena.

The seventh-seeded Wildcats (16-14) move onto the quarterfinals in Dayton, Ohio, where they will face No. 2 seed VCU (18-11) Friday afternoon at 4:30 on the campus of Dayton inside the UD Arena.

Lots of celebrating with the ‘Cats win over LaSalle.

Turner, who scored 18 points to go with five assists, four rebounds and three steals, capped off three straight three-balls by the ‘Cats with back-to-back deep treys that turned a 52-51 lead into a 61-53 score with 4:47 left in the fourth quarter.

La Salle would close the gap to one, 61-60, at 3:11, but Davidson answered with a jumper in the lane from Suzi-Rose Deegan with 1:14 to go followed by three free throws from Sarah Konstans to make it 66-60 with 13 ticks left. Deegan capped off the game after the Explorers hit a three to make it 66-63 with a free throw and an offensive rebound to seal up the win.

Konstans was nearly perfect from the floor, going 5-of-5 from the field, including 2-for-2 on triples, and swished home 3-of-4 free throws for 15 points. Deegan also dropped in 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting and was 5-for-7 at the charity stripe.

Chloe Welch had eight points and seven boards off the bench and Adelaide Fuller chipped in seven points and three steals.

On to Dayton after a first round win over LaSalle.

The Explorers (13-17) were paced by Kayla Spruill’s 21 points, while Claire Jacobs scored 14. They shot 43.6 percent on the night and were 6-of-13 from three-land to go with a game-high 37 rebounds.

La Salle led by six in the third quarter thanks to an 11-6 run to take a 45-39 lead with 5:21. Davidson though tied things up at 46-all later with 2:02 on the clock and went on to finish the quarter up 50-47.

Down 9-8 to start the game, Davidson ran off a 15-4 run to finish out the first quarter and take a 23-13 lead. It then pushed the advantage to 13 at 28-15 on a Konstans layup early in the second quarter.

La Salle came back with its own big run, closing the second quarter on a 19-5 spurt in the final seven minutes to take a 34-33 lead going into the break.

Davidson finished the game shooting 40.7 percent from the floor, including 9-of-19 on three-pointers, while dishing out 17 assists, pocketing 10 steals and blocking six shots. It also scored 21 points off 18 La Salle turnovers.

GAME NOTES: This was eighth meeting all-time between both team’s women’s basketball programs …. The Wildcats improved to 5-3 in the series with their fourth straight win … Davidson moved to 2-4 in the A-10 Championship, having won back-to-back first round games for the first time … Deegan had a season-high three blocks … Davidson snapped a two-game home skid and improved to 8-5 on the season … Turner’s six three-pointers gave her 63 on the season, good for seventh-most in a single season … she has 196 for her career, fourth-most all-time … Turner moved into 18th all-time in scoring with 1,041 points.

Here’s our preliminary photo album from the ‘Cats game vs. LaSalle.

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