Women’s Basketball Drops Opener to #24 Virginia Tech
BLACKSBURG, Va. — After a hot-shooting first quarter from the No. 24 Virginia Tech Hokies, the Davidson Wildcats struggled to complete the opening night comeback, ultimately falling 76-57 from inside Cassell Coliseum on Tuesday night.
The Hokies hit their first three three-point attempts of the game, and shot 50 percent from the field in the first frame. On the other end of the hardwood, the ‘Cats drained just two field goals from newcomers Sallie Schutz and Issy Morgan, in their college basketball debuts, and fell behind to an early 21-5 deficit.
Despite the start, the Wildcats bounced back to shoot 36.7 percent from the field over the final three quarters of play and outscored the Hokies 35-30 in the second half.
Opening up the second quarter, the Wildcats nailed three of their first four three-point attempts and ended the frame with a 42.9 percent effort from beyond the arc. Davidson had its best 10-minute stretch in the third, hitting nine of 18 field goal attempts (50%) and drained seven of its first 11 field goals, including a pair of three’s from seniors Cassidy Gould and Sarah Konstans.
Davidson edged out the Hokies in the fourth quarter, with a 13-11 advantage, and also ended the night winning on the glass with 42 rebounds compared to Virginia Tech’s 36 boards. The ‘Cats closed out the night on a 7-0 run over the final 4:10 of play, led by freshman Mallorie Haines’ first career three-pointer.
Overall, Adelaide Fuller led the ‘Cats with 15 points (6-of-11 shooting) and grabbed four rebounds, while fellow junior Cameron Tabor ended the night with nine points. Chloe Welch led Davidson in rebounds with 10 boards, just one shy of her career high. In total, six Wildcats recorded their first career points in a Davidson uniform.
The ‘Cats will return to action this Friday night at 7 p.m. to take on Columbia from inside Belk Arena for its 2021-22 home opener.