Women’s Basketball Falls in Second Round to Rams
RICHMOND, Va. — The Davidson women’s basketball season came to an end on Thursday afternoon, as the Wildcats fell 69-52 to VCU in the second round of the Atlantic 10 Championship.
The ‘Cats shot a game-best 44 percent in the fourth quarter, and outscored VCU 22-20 in the final 10 minutes of play, but the late effort wasn’t enough to overcome the final deficit.
Cassidy Gould led the Wildcats in scoring for the second straight game, as the junior finished with a game-high 23 points and seven rebounds. Senior Katie Turner went out with a bang in her last game as a Wildcat, scoring 11 points, grabbing five rebounds and dishing three assists. Turner hit three treys on the day, which broke Davidson’s program record for most career three’s made, as the Nevada native ended her career with 233 total three-pointers.
While the game got off to a slow start, neither team would score until nearly three minutes in when Gould sank a transition three-pointer. Gould and fellow Australian Adelaide Fuller picked things up from there, as the two exchanged baskets, allowing the Wildcats to build a 9-6 lead through the first media timeout of the day. With VCU on its heels, Davidson managed to pull out an 11-10 lead after the first, thanks to a far-side layup from Gould at the end of the frame.
The Rams turned it on in the second quarter, as they tied the game at 11-all and rattled off a 7-0 run to pull ahead to a 17-11 advantage. Looking at the six-point deficit, Turner took matters into her own hands, and hit back-to-back three-pointers on consecutive Wildcat possessions, and kept Davidson within reach of the home team while breaking the program’s three-point record.
While VCU went on to hit five of their next seven field goals, Davidson went into a three-minute scoring drought and fell behind 31-21 going into halftime. The Wildcats scored just nine points in the third quarter, before surging for a 22-point fourth quarter, but VCU’s lead grew to as many as 21 points and proved to be too much for the ‘Cats to overcome.
Davidson ends the 2020-21 campaign with a 9-13 overall record and 5-10 conference ledger. For offseason updates on the Davidson women’s basketball team, check out @DavidsonWBB on Twitter.