Davidson College Sports Information
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Wofford’s Rachel Brittenham banked in a three-pointer with 1:49 left, then the Terriers held the Davidson women’s basketball team scoreless the rest of the way to win 63-59 Monday night at Benjamin Johnsen Arena.
The loss dropped Davidson to 9-6 overall and was the Wildcats’ first in the Southern Conference this season. The Cats are now 5-1 in the league.
Brittenham had 15 points to pace Wofford (9-5, 2-3 Socon). All came on three-point shots, including four in the second half. Morgan Wrightson added 14 points and Daniella Motely had a double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds.
Davidson’s six-game Southern Conference winning streak came to an end. Laura Murray scored a game-high 16 points for the Cats, while Sophia Aleksandravicius tallied a double-double with 10 points and a season-high 15 rebounds.
The Wildcats, who held Wofford scoreless over an eight-minute stretch at the end of the first half and into the second, held their biggest lead of the game, 57-48, after Jasmine Calin hit a layup with 5:14 remaining. But, they were unable to close the door on the scrappy Terrier squad. The Cats missed three free throws in the closing minutes.
Closing to within two at 57-55 on April Moorhouse’s two free throws with 2:18 left, Brittenham took care of the rest. After Amanda Ottaway scored to give Davidson a 59-55 lead with under two minutes to go, Brittenham came down on the next Wofford possession and drained a triple to make it 59-58.
Davidson then turned it over on its next possession and Wofford had the chance to take the lead. The Wildcats defense did its job forcing a tough shot with the shot clock running out on the Terriers, but Brittenham’s deep trey from the right wing banked in and it was 61-59 with 44 ticks left.
After a quick timeout, the Wildcats again could not hold onto the ball, forcing a bad pass, and Wofford jumped on the loose ball. Wrightson was fouled and hit the first free throw, but missed the second, setting up a chance for Davidson to tie things up.
After another timeout, Davidson could not get a clean look on a triple and Murray’s driving runner was off the mark with four seconds left. Wofford added one more free throw to ice the win.
Western Carolina Friday
The Wildcats return home for an Education Day game against Western Carolina on Friday, Jan. 13, at noon.
Game Notes: Davidson saw its four-game win streak in the series come to an end as it entered play having won 18 of the last 20 contests against Wofford … at 5-0, Davidson was off to its best start in conference play since going 7-0 in 2008-09… Aleksandravicius’ 11 defensive rebounds were a season-high … the junior’s double-double was the fifth of the season … Murray has now scored in double digits in 11 straight SoCon games dating back to last year.