The Samford women’s basketball team lost their final home game in the 2011-2012 season on Monday to Davidson by a final score of 52-39.
With the loss, the Bulldogs finish the regular season with an overall record of 17-12 and 12-8 in SoCon play. Next week marks the start of the SoCon Tournament, and Samford, the No. 4 seed, will take on No. 5 seed Elon.
“Offensively, we’re struggling, we’re not seeing some things and we’re not making some shots we usually make,” Morris added. “From a defensive standpoint we did some good stuff, we just have to get better from an offensive standpoint.”
Senior guard Ruth Ketcham led the Bulldogs with 10 points, followed by freshman forward Taylor Reece, who had nine points in the game. Senior guard Jazmine Powers had seven assists.
The Bulldogs hung with the Wildcats throughout the first half. Neither team led by more than four points, and there were six lead changes before half time. At the halftime buzzer, the teams were tied at 19-19.
At the start of the second half, Davidson jumped out to a four-point lead, 23-19. After Samford fought back to a 25-23 score, Davidson went on a 12-point run to give the Wildcats a 37-23 lead with 12 minutes left. Davidson led by as many as 17 in the second half.
With 3:26 left in the game, Davidson had a 15-point lead, but Samford made the next five points to close the gap to 10.
However, with under a minute left, Davidson drained three free throws to seal the win with a final score of 52-39.
With the win, Davidson finishes the season with a final record of 21-8. They are tied with Appalachian State for first place in the regular season, but because of their two wins over Mountaineers earlier in the season, the Wildcats will enter the SoCon tournament as the No. 1 seed.
Samford is set to play Elon in the quarterfinals at 1:30 p.m. CST on Saturday in Asheville, N.C. The game will be played at UNC-Asheville’s Kimmel Arena.
However, there is a possibility that the game will be pushed back to 3:00, if UNCA’s men’s basketball team makes it to the Big South Conference championship game, which will also be held in Kimmel Arena.