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Balanced Offense Gives Women’s Basketball Win Over VCU, 71-60

by | Jan 19, 2023

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RICHMOND, Va. – Seven Wildcats filled the box score during an 11-point victory over VCU on Wednesday night, as Issy Morgan led the way with a season-high 18 points to boost Davidson to its second-straight Atlantic 10 victory.

Elle Sutphin and Suzi-Rose Deegan also reached the double-figure marker, as the duo scored 16 and 13 points, respectively, while Adelaide Fuller contributed a season-high nine points and Maddie Plank added eight on a 3-of-6 shooting night. 

The win marks Davidson’s first victory over VCU since February 2018, and the Wildcats’ first win inside the Siegel Center since January 2016.

After a back-and-forth first half, the Wildcats carried a three-point, 33-30, lead into halftime thanks to one of Plank’s two 3-pointers on Wednesday. Coming out of the break, the ‘Cats burst into a 9-0 scoring run and pulled away to a 42-32 advantage for their largest lead of the night. Morgan and Plank each drained a trey during the three-minute run, while Deegan completed a three-point play the old fashioned way. 

Before the end of the third, Morgan recorded her sixth field goal of the night with a driving layup that extended Davidson’s lead to 15, 55-40, with just over 10 minutes remaining. 

VCU cut its deficit to six, 55-49, in the final quarter after opening up the frame with back-to-back 3-pointers and threatened Davidson’s lead for the first time since the second quarter. But, Sutphin and Fuller combined for a 6-2 spurt that put the Wildcats back up by 10 and solidified the lead for good.

Overall, the ‘Cats had their best shooting night of the conference season, with a 54.9 percent from the floor and shot 61.5 percent in the opening frame. Davidson out-rebounded VCU 34-24 and scored 40 points in the paint.

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The Wildcats will remain on the road this weekend, as they head to Pittsburgh to meet Duquesne on Sunday at noon. Tip off is scheduled to air on CBS Sports Network.

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