By Samantha Stallings
The women’s basketball team saw its season come to an end this past Thursday after a 65-54 loss to Furman in the first round of the SoCon Tournament.
“I thought Furman played very well,” Samford head coach Mike Morris said. “ Particularly from an offensive standpoint, they were hitting on all cylinders. We had a lull for the last seven or eight minutes of the first half that probably ended up being the difference.”
The first five minutes of the first half were a battle back and forth between the Bulldogs and the Paladins. Samford was able to break out and gain a six-point lead with a layup by redshirt sophomore guard Lydia McGee, which put the score at 13-7 with 14:03 left in the first half.
Furman would push ahead with a jumper by Furman’s Sarah Durdaller, putting the score at 21-18 at the 6:55 mark.
Though 3-pointers by sophomore guard Brittany Stevens and freshman forward Destiney Elliott gave the lead back to the ‘Dogs with 5:50 left in the first half, Furman gained its biggest lead of the half with 28 seconds left and entered the intermission up 37-26.
In the second half, the Bulldogs started to chip away at Furman’s lead, getting within five after a 3-pointer by redshirt junior forward Taylor Reece put the score at 39-34 with 17:26 remaining.
The Paladins took back their 11-point lead with a 3-pointer by Sarah Durdaller, putting the score at 50-39 with 12:51 left in the game.
Although Samford continued to chip away, Furman did not let the ‘Dogs get any closer than seven points down the stretch, sealing the Paladins opening-round victory.
Stevens led the team with a career-high 17 points. She also had five rebounds and five steals in the game. Elliott scored 11 points and had six rebounds and three assists. Samford ended the season 15-15.