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Davidson's 28 Powers Furman Past Presbyterian, 76-68

Davidson's 28 Powers Furman Past Presbyterian, 76-68

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Le'Jzae Davidson poured in a game high 28 points and topped 1,000 for her career in leading Furman past Presbyterian, 76-68, in women's basketball action Wednesday evening  at Timmons Arena.

The junior guard from Nashville, Tenn., who entered the contest with 998 points, didn't keep the 329 fans in attendance waiting very long before reaching 1,000, draining a pair of free throws a little over three minutes into the contest to become only the 24th player in program history to reach the four-digit career scoring plateau.

Furman (8-6) needed the big scoring performance from Davidson to help subdue Presbyterian (2-9) and halt a modest two-game skid while improving to 6-1 at home this season.

Davidson registered 16 of her game high tally from the field and 12 points from the line, going 12-for-14 at the stripe.

She was joined in double figures by Celena Taborn with 15 points, 13 of which came in the second half, and Taylor Petty with 12 points.  Kaitlyn Duncan claimed a career high rebounds for the Paladins.

Shamani Stafford paced PC with 24 points and Kacie Hall followed with 20.

Hall's jump shot at the 2:40 mark of the third quarter gave PC a 47-46 lead, but Furman closed the period on a 7-0 run with a Taborn layup, Davidson 3-pointer, and layup by Grace van Rij to take a 53-47 lead.

The Blue Hose cut the advantage to 55-53 on another Hall jumper three minutes into the fourth quarter before Taborn answered with another layup off a wing feed from Jarya Outten.

The Paladins maintained the lead the rest of the way behind Taborn, Davidson, and Petty, scoring their final 12 points from the free throw line.

Furman fashioned its second best shooting performance of the season from 3-point range, finding the mark on  10-of-22 attempts, including 4-for-10 from Davidson and 3-of-4 by Petty, who also contributed a game high four assists.

The Paladins play their final non-conference game of the season on Sunday when they entertain North Greenville in a 2:00 p.m. contest.