Second Half Surge Pushes ‘Cats Past Wolves, 88-53
DAVIDSON, N.C. — A 31-7 third quarter, which included a 13-0 run, gave the Davidson women’s basketball team the distance it needed to clip Newberry College, 88-53, in a preseason exhibition on Friday night.
As the ‘Cats welcomed fans back to Belk Arena for the first time since 2020, Davidson saw 14 Wildcats appear in the box score, 13 of which saw their name in the scoring column.
Elle Sutphin made a splash in her debut, draining nine of Davidson’s final 10 field goals and finishing with a game-high 18 points. Sarah Konstans led the Wildcats on the glass, grabbing eight rebounds with two steals, while freshman Tomisin Adenupe was the only other ‘Cat to reach double-figures in scoring, totaling 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting.
The game was tight early as the two teams battled to a 26-24 first half result, which saw Davidson shoot just 11-of-41 (26.8 percent) from the field. However, the tight race would only last so long as Chloe Welch and Cassidy Gould opened up the second half with back-to-back fast-break baskets. From there, the Wildcats stifled Newberry into two straight turnovers which Gould immediately converted into made layups while Fuller hit Davidson’s first trey of the day to cap off an explosive four-minute, 13-0 run.
Despite a slower start, the Wildcats ended the night torching the nets at a 57.4 percent clip from the field in the second half.
Welch ended the night with seven points and six rebounds, while Gould closed out the night with six points, five assists and four steals. Freshman Issy Morgan rallied for seven points, seven rebounds and seven assists.