Women’s Basketball Loses Tight Contest with VCU
DAVIDSON — The difference between a win and loss was razor thin Wednesday night in Belk Arena, with the Davidson Wildcats ultimately coming up short against VCU in a 65-59 Atlantic 10 women’s basketball contest in Belk Arena.
With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 11-4 overall and 2-1 in the A-10. VCU, last year’s league champion, improved to 8-7 and 3-2.
Though Davidson trailed after VCU broke a 19-all tie in the second quarter, the Wildcats were within striking distance most of that time, with numerous chances to take the lead.
The Wildcats were within a point four times in the fourth quarter, including 56-55 with 2:30 to play after a Cassidy Gould layup. But VCU responded with a 7-0 run to get the needed separation it needed down the stretch.
A 7-0 run early in the fourth quarter, comprised of a Gould 3-pointer, an Adelaide Fuller layup and two Gould free throws, pulled the Wildcats to 50-49 with 5:57 to play, but Davidson missed three potential go-ahead shots. The Wildcats then cut it to 52-51, 54-53 and 56-55 before the final sequence.
Davidson was also within two points six times in the third quarter, first after an 8-0 run made it 33-31, before Suzi-Rose Deegan cut it to 43-42 with a free throw at the 38.2 second mark. But, VCU closed the period with buckets from Grace Hutson and Sarah Te-Biasu to lead it 47-42 through 30 minutes.
The Wildcats finished with a 36-24 advantage on the boards, led by the quartet of Gould, Fuller, Sutphin and Issy Morgan, who had five apiece.
Te-Biasu led all scorers with 24, while teammate Taya Robinson added 20 points.
The Wildcats complete their three-game homestand Friday with a 7 p.m. contest against Fordham.