CHARLESTON, S.C. – The College of Charleston women’s basketball team lost their first conference game of the season, as they fell 65-57 against Davidson Monday at TD Arena.
The Cougars (7-6, 3-1) had gotten off to their best conference start since going 4-0 in the 2009-10 season, the best start for the Cougars in SoCon play in team history.
Junior Jillian Brown led a late charge for the Cougars as she finished with a team-high 16 points. Brown also collected seven assists and became the seventh player in team history to reach 300 career assists. Brown is now tied for fifth in CofC women’s basketball history with 303 career assists.
Senior Latisha Harris had 12 points and seven rebounds and fellow senior Cathryn Hardy added eight points and nine rebounds. Junior Afreyea Tolbert came off the bench to score nine points for the Cougars.
The Cougars led by as many as four in the first half on a Frye jumper to put her team up 10-6 with 13:02 to play in the opening period. The Cougars would keep the lead until Sophia Aleksandravicius, who finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds, hit a layup to tie the game at 18-18 at the 6:50 mark.
Davidson (6-7, 3-0) closed the half on a 10-2 run to go into halftime with a 28-20 lead.
The Cougars came out strong in the second half as back-to-back baskets by Harris and a Hardy three-pointer cut the Davidson lead to three at 32-29 at the first media timeout.
Over the next three minutes Davidson built their lead up to nine and into double-digits at 54-43 with 4:14 to go in the game.
Brown kept fighting for the Cougars as she scored 14 of her 16 in the second half, including scoring eight of the Cougars last 10 points, but it wasn’t enough as Davidson converted key baskets and hit 14-of-18 free-throws to secure the victory.
Up next the Cougars go on the road to face Samford Saturday Jan. 12 at 2:00 p.m. and Chattanooga Monday Jan. 14 at 7:00 p.m.
College of Charleston Head Coach Natasha Adair
On the game in general
“I feel bad for my team because I know they are capable of more. We will get in the gym and as coaches we will figure out what we need to do. We have a tough stretch of games to get ready for in the near future.”