Hot-Shooting Women’s Basketball Knocks Off Hawks
DAVIDSON, N.C.– Davidson shot 53.1 percent from the floor, and Cassidy Gould matched her career-high with 22 points as the women’s basketball team got back on track with a 71-64 win over Saint Joseph’s Sunday afternoon in Belk Arena.
With today’s win, the ‘Cats defeated the Hawks for the first time since joining the Atlantic 10 in 2014-15.
The Wildcats finished the day 26-of-49 from the field and shot 71.4 percent in the first 20 minutes (15-of-21), while just missing a new season-high (53.8 percent at Fordham, Dec. 21, 2020).
Davidson led for 34 minutes Sunday, including 20-10 after 10 minutes, but had to respond to a Hawks’ challenge in the fourth quarter. St. Joseph’s used a 7-2 run to take a 55-53 lead with 5:27 to play, but Gould connected on 3-pointer less than a minute later, and Kelly Fitzgerald followed with a second-chance bucket. The Davidson lead grew to seven on two Fitzgerald free throws with two seconds left.
Gould, who also scored 22 against Charleston Southern in December, scored 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting in the first half, as Davidson built a 35-25 advantage by the intermission. The Wildcats finished both the first and second quarters by hitting six of their final seven shots.
Katie Turner chipped in with 14 points, to go with five rebounds and four assists, and Cameron Tabor added 12 points in her first start of the season. She scored the game’s first two baskets and seven of Davidson’s first 10 points.
Fitzgerald came off the bench and matched her season-high of nine points, while also grabbing five rebounds.
Davidson did its job at the foul line, too, shooting 14-of-18, led by Turner’s 8-of-8 performance. The Wildcats also held a 27-24 rebounding advantage.
Davidson will visit George Washington in A-10 play on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 5 p.m.