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Davidson Shoots Furman Past Gardner-Webb, 70-57

Davidson Shoots Furman Past Gardner-Webb, 70-57

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Le'Jzae Davidson scored a game high 23 points to lead a strong Furman shooting performance in a 70-57 triumph over Gardner-Webb in women's basketball action Saturday afternoon at Timmons Arena.

Davidson, a junior All-Southern Conference guard, bottomed out 7-of-16 shots, including 4-of-9 3-pointers, and 5-of-6 free throws to pace Furman (5-4), which shot 50.0 percent (21-of-42) in the contest.

Davidson spiked her performance by igniting a 14-5 late third quarter run with a basket and 3-pointer that broke a 36-36 deadlock and helped send the Paladins into the fourth quarter with a 50-41 lead.

Gardner-Webb twice trimmed Furman's lead to six points in the final period, but Davidson helped put the game away with a layup for a 54-46 lead with just under seven minutes remaining — the first of three straight Furman baskets that pushed the lead into double digits, where it remained the rest of the way.

Kaitlyn Duncan delivered 12 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocks, and Celena Taborn added 12 points and seven rebounds in just 16 minutes of action to round out Furman's double figure scoring trio.

The Paladins' solid shooting effort, season best work at the free throw line, where they drained 23-of-28 chances (82.1 percent), and 42-30 rebounding advantage helped offset 25 turnovers, 12 of which came in the fourth period.

Gardner-Webb got 16 points from Savannah Plentovich and 14 points from her twin sister Carley.

Furman returns to action on Wednesday when it plays host to Florida Atlantic in a 7:00 p.m. game.