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Furman To Visit 25th-Ranked South Carolina Sunday

Kaitlyn Duncan
Kaitlyn Duncan

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Returning from an eight-day Christmas break, Furman's women's basketball team will close out the 2018 portion of its schedule on Sunday when it travels to Columbia to face AP 25th-ranked South Carolina in a 2:00 p.m. contest at the Colonial Life Center.

The game will be televised via the SEC Network+ and StatBroadcast live stats available to fans.  Links to both can be secured through FurmanPaladins.com.

The Gamecocks will the Paladins' third Southeastern Conference foe this season, following Mississippi State (Nov. 21) and Georgia (Dec. 4).  Furman (7-5) and South Carolina (7-4) last met on the hardwood during the 2012-13 campaign.

The Paladins split a pair of games during their pre-Christmas trip to Las Vegas, topping Fairfield, 77-70, in overtime before falling to Western Illinois, 85-78, on Dec. 21.  The win over Fairfield was spiced by a career high 35-point performance (15x16 FTs) by junior guard Le'Jzae Davidson and a coast-to-coast, game tying layup at the buzzer by redshirt freshman guard Milica Manojlovic that sent the contest into overtime. 

Davidson, Furman's leading scorer (17.3 ppg), heads into the South Carolina contest with 979 points, poised to become the 24th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.

Sophomore forward Celena Taborn (11.4 ppg) has averaged 15.8 ppg and 6.8 rpg over the last four contests, shooting a blistering .806 (25x31) from the field and .812 (13x16 FTs) over that span.  She tallied a season high 19 points and nine rebounds in the win over Fairfield.

Redshirt junior guard Taylor Petty (9.8 ppg), pushing to join the double figure scoring club, is coming off a 17-point, six-rebound effort versus Western Illinois, the 17 points matching a season high.

Furman has been especially proficient at the free throw line over its last five games, converting 95-of-117 chances (.812) over that span.

South Carolina enters Sunday's contest on a three-game winning streak, having posted an 88-60 home victory over Temple on Dec. 21.