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Lady 'Cats roll past GSU Eagles
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Georgia Southern guard Anna Claire Knight, center, splits Davidson defenders Shneeka Center, left, and Maggie Davis during the second half at Hanner Fieldhouse Saturday. Knight led GSU with 17 points. The Eagles lost, 73-61. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

SoCon Women's Standings    
Team                    SoCon  All    

Chattanooga               10-1 16-3
Davidson                    10-1 13-8
Elon                            8-3  11-9
Samford                      8-3  11-9
Appalachian St.           7-3  13-5
Furman                       4-7  8-12
Charleston                   4-7  8-12
Western Carolina         4-7  6-14
Ga. Southern             3-8  4-16
Wofford                1-10 6-12
UNC Greensboro 1-10 4-15


Saturday's Scores   
    Appalachian State 80, Elon 62
    Chattanooga 60, Furman 57
    Western Carolina 60, UNCG 49
    Samford 59, Wofford 45
    Davidson 73, Georgia Southern 61

    As far as the Davidson Lady Wildcats are concerned, when all else fails, toss it down low to Sophia Aleksandravicius.
    The senior center finished with a double-double against Georgia Southern for the second time this season, scoring 19 points and hauling in 10 rebounds, to lead the Wildcats to a 73-61 win over GSU Saturday at Hanner Fieldhouse.
    Davidson (13-8, 10-1 Southern Conference) used a size advantage at just about every position to out-rebound the Eagles, 39-30.
    Georgia Southern (4-16, 3-8) trailed throughout the game.
    The Wildcats built their lead in the first half.
    After Aleksandravicius made it 6-2 on an offensive put-back, the Wildcats scored on eight of their next nine possessions. They went ahead 25-13 when Laura Murray got a steal and an easy layup on the other end.
    Georgia Southern’s 13 first-half turnovers resulted in 16 Davidson points.
    “They played pressure defense and we weren’t able to make them pay for getting in those passing lanes,” GSU coach Chris Vozab said. “That’s part of what happened in that stretch. The other half was key offensive and put-backs they had.”
    It was the 3 that kept the Eagles around. They hit 6 of 9 from long distance in the first half, and sparked an 8-0 run that included 3s by Alexis Sams and Anna Claire Knight.
    Clinging to a 25-21 lead, the Wildcats called a timeout with 8:12 remaining in the half and regrouped, finishing the period on an 18-7 run to take a 43-28 lead into the break.
    While the Eagles rained 3s, they made just 5 of 19 shots from inside the arc in the first half, while Davidson shot 51 percent from the floor (18 of 35).
    Both teams finished the game shooting 45 percent from the floor.
    “We’re shooting the ball better and we’re creating better shots for ourselves,” Vozab said. “I guess that’s why it’s disappointing when we don’t take care of the ball and value possessions. We shot pretty much what they shot from the field, but the number of possessions you spot the opponent when you turn it over 20 times and they turn it over 12 … you can’t do that.”
    The Wildcats made only 2 of 13 tries from 3 — compared to GSU’s 9 of 18 —but out-scored GSU in the paint, 34-24, and got 24 points off the bench.
    Georgia Southern was led by Knight, who scored 17 points and made all three 3-pointers. Meredyth Frye added 10.
    Shneeka Center scored 11 points for Davidson, and Dakota Dukes added 10.
NOTES: GSU recognized 16 former women’s basketball players who were in attendance at halftime. … The Eagles return to action Monday against Appalachian State in Hanner Fieldhouse at 7 p.m.

    Matt Yogus may be reached at (912) 489-9408.