DAVIDSON, N.C. – Davidson built a big lead in the first half Monday night and never looked back, cruising past the UNCG women’s basketball team 78-59 in a Southern Conference game at Belk Arena. The Spartans fall to 5-11 overall and 1-4 in SoCon play while the Wildcats improve to 8-9 and 5-1.
Freshman forward Jade Scaife (Fort Washington, Md./Archbishop Spalding) scored a career-high 15 points while freshman guard Bailey Williams (Harrisonburg, Va./Spotswood) chipped in with 12. Freshman forward India Timpton (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) went for career highs of eight rebounds and six points. Dakota Dukes led all scorers with 24 points for Davidson.
The Wildcats shot 43.7 percent from the floor in the contest, hitting 31 of 71 attempts, while limiting UNCG to 31.9 percent efficiency (22-of-69). The Blue and Gold won the rebounding battle 49-45 – including 18 offensive boards – and hit 12 of 19 free throws. Davidson nailed nine of its 16 tries from the free throw line. The Spartans turned the ball over 22 times which led to 30 points for the home side.
A pair of layups helped Davidson jump out to a 4-0 lead before UNCG tied it up at four on a Williams layup at the 17:34 mark. A triple by Williams kept the Spartans close at 16-12 with 13:05 to play before halftime, but the Wildcats scored in bunches the next six minutes, stretching their lead out to 30-17 after a bucket by Shannon Ericksson capped a 14-5 run.
Things did not get much better for UNCG the rest of the half as Davidson kept hitting three-pointers to pull ahead even further. The Wildcats took a 39-23 edge on a triple by Laura Murray before settling for a 47-29 halftime cushion.
Davidson had two players score in double figures in the first 20 minutes alone as Murray netted 14 and Hannah Early chipped in with 12. Williams was the high scorer for the Spartans in the half with eight points.
The Wildcats hit six three-point field goals in the stanza and shot 52.6 percent from the field (20-of-38) while UNCG hit 11 of 32 shots to end up at 34.4 percent. UNCG won the rebounding battle in the period 22-19 but turned the ball over 16 times which led to 25 of Davidson’s points. The Wildcats also notched 15 assists on their 20 field goals.
The Spartans made a run out of the half, scoring seven of the first nine points to cut the lead to 49-36, but a layup by Dukes pushed the UNCG deficit back to 15 points. The Blue and Gold could only get as close as 13 the rest of the way as Davidson was not threatened again.
The Spartans return to the court Friday, Jan. 17, playing host to Western Carolina inside Fleming Gymnasium at 7 p.m.
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