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