Women’s basketball falls to Wofford in upset

 
Clayton Hurdle
Staff Writer

 

A 14-0 first-half points streak put Wofford ahead for good on Monday night, as the Samford Bulldogs fell on the road, 73-59.

“We didn’t play at our level of basketball,” head coach Mike Morris said. “Wofford played really well, and did a good job shooting.”

Samford, playing for the first time since its dominating home victory over UNCG last Monday, had a week off before facing the Terriers in Spartanburg, S.C.

“The week off happens two or three times in a season,” Morris said. “It was good that it happened this week because it gave the team time go get adjusted to classes.”

To begin the first half, Samford pulled out to an 11-7 lead before Wofford, led by junior guard Morgan Wrightson, went on a 14-0 run. The Terriers held on to the lead for the rest of the game.

After Samford pulled within four points of the Terriers, Wofford scored 10 unanswered points and eventually took a 42-29 lead into the locker room.

As the second half progressed, the Bulldogs fought to gain momentum. When Wrightson sustained a lower leg injury late in the game, senior guard Paige Anderson and sophomore guard Shelby Campbell helped the Bulldogs surge back to within seven points of Wofford.

Wrightson came back into the game and Wofford extended its lead to 73-59 by the time the buzzer sounded. Wrightson scored 20 points and Wofford junior forward Daniella Motley led all scorers with 22 points.

Statistically for Samford, Anderson led the team in scoring with 15 points. Two other Bulldogs, redshirt senior guard Ruth Ketcham and junior forward Hannah Dawson finished with double digit scoring.

Ketcham added seven assists to her 12 points and Dawson recorded six rebounds in addition to her 10 points.

The win was the fourth SoCon victory for the Terriers, who move to 4-10 in conference play. Samford fell to 13-9 overall, and 8-5 in the SoCon with the loss.

“Wofford’s beaten Davidson [ranked second in the SoCon] and lost by only a point to Appalachian State, who is the top team in the conference,” Morris said. “Now they’ve beaten us. If anything, this shows the great balance in the conference.”

The Bulldogs maintain a fourth-place position in the tight Southern Conference race as the regular season reaches its last two weeks.

“Anybody can lose to anybody in this league, but you tend to learn from a loss,” Morris said. “No matter who, and no matter where, if we don’t prepare the right way, we’re going to have a tough time.”

The Bulldogs kick off the homestretch of the season with two straight SoCon games at home. The Eagles of Georgia Southern will pay a visit Saturday at 2 p.m. and the Hanna Center will play host to College of Charleston on Monday at 7 p.m.

Morris hopes that students will come out and support their team in both games as the Bulldogs make a last push before the upcoming SoCon tournament.

“Students make a big difference.”

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