Women’s Basketball Set to Face Bonnies in A-10 Tournament First Round
DAVIDSON, N.C. — The Davidson Wildcats are set to begin the Atlantic 10 Championship Tournament this Wednesday, with the opening game at 1 p.m. in VCU’s Siegel Center. The ‘Cats will take on St. Bonaventure for a matchup between the #12 and #13 seeds, respectively, in the First Round of the tournament.
NOTEWORTHY… The Wildcats have made it to the Atlantic 10 Championship Quarterfinals the last two seasons and are entering this year’s tournament as the #12 seed. Davidson has not been the #12 seed in the A-10 Tournament since the 2017 postseason and is 0-2 when competing in the #12 slot since joining the Atlantic 10 in 2014-15.
ABOUT THE SERIES… Davidson dropped both ends of a double-header series earlier this season, with 71-63 and 71-58 losses to St. Bonnies in Olean. Historically, the Wildcats average 60.78 points per game against the Bonnies and are 3-6 all-time against Bonaventure. The two teams will meet for the second time in a postseason on Wednesday, with the ‘Cats last defeating Bonas during the 2019 A-10 tournament with a 74-49 ousting in the First Round from inside Belk Arena.
SEASON OF STREAKS… Davidson women’s basketball’s season has been a series of streaks. After opening up the year 0-3 with three strong tests down in the #BeachBubble, the Wildcats rattled off a six-game win streak, which was the longest run for the program in seven years. After that tear, which saw the ‘Cats at 6-3 overall and 3-0 in A-10 play, Davidson dropped its next seven contests. Since then, the Wildcats have exchanged results for two wins and three losses.
TURNER’S TOUCH… Senior guard Katie Turner has left her mark on the Wildcats’ program, starting in every single game played during her career. The Reno, Nevada native moved to third all-time in career assists (436) after dishing 127 assists last season and is now 33 assists away from taking over the second all-time slot. She is also a member of Davidson’s 1,000 point club and moved into second all-time for career three-pointers last week, now with 227 total, after draining 66 three’s last season and 28 this year. She continues to climb this program rank, as she is just five made-three’s away from taking over the program record.
GOULD AS GOLD… Cassidy Gould has hit her stride the last few weeks, as she has scored in double-digits in three of Davidson’s last five games. Against George Mason on 2/20, she paved the way for the ‘Cats, recording the first double-double of her career, and set a new career-high in rebounding, with 17 points and 11 boards.
FOURTH QUARTER CATS… Davidson is consistently its best self during fourth quarters this season. The ‘Cats have scored 367 points across its fourth quarter efforts this year and averages 18.7 points per fourth frame. This effort adds to Davidson’s outscoring of its opponents nine times during second halves this season.
OUT WITH A BANG… Seniors Kelly Fitzgerald and Alana Davidson have hit their stride in their last few weeks as Wildcats. Against Saint Louis on February 26, Davidson scored a career-high nine points and had a game-high four blocks. For Fitzgerald, the Apex, N.C. native had a career-best outing on Senior Day against Dayton on February 28. Fitzgerald was red hot all night, shooting 7-of-10 from the floor, hit a career-high three treys, and had a career-best 17 points for the ‘Cats.