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Billikens End Road Trip with Loss at Davidson

by Staff

DAVIDSON, N.C. – Saint Louis University women’s basketball fell to Davidson here Saturday afternoon, dropping a 66-58 battle to the Wildcats.

Trailing by four heading into the final quarter at Belk Arena, the Billikens (9-14, 4-6) couldn’t muscle out a second-straight road win, with 13 free throw attempts to the home team’s 32 being the story of the game. 

A 7-0 run from the home team began the Billikens’ matchup with Davidson, as the Wildcats’ early three forced the visitors to take a timeout. Out of the timeout, the Billikens showed life, with Brooklyn Gray scoring her first points of the day, before Kyla McMakin drew a foul in the paint and promptly knocked down two free throws. Julia Martinez did her part to keep the momentum in SLU’s favor, as her steal set up Peyton Kennedy to tie the game, 7-7, in transition.

From there, the teams traded turnovers, before a Camreé Clegg three-pointer gave the Billikens their first lead of the day. Two more points at the charity stripe from Clegg tied the game at 15 apiece at the end of the first period.

Marcavia Shavers scored the first points of the second period, before a 4-0 run from the Wildcats put them back on top. Six of the game’s next eight points came at the charity stripe, with four makes by the Wildcats giving them the lead. Davidson continued to keep its foot on the gas, ending the half on a 6-2 run to take the lead into the locker rooms.

Out of the break, the home team made the Billikens pay on the defensive end, as they scored in the paint to go up by eight. SLU fought back, going on 10-1 run capped by a tough bucket in the paint by Tierra Simon to take back the lead, 39-38. Scoring easily in the paint to stop the Billikens’ momentum, the home team used three made free throws to help end the quarter scoring seven unanswered points.

The Wildcats did not trail in the final quarter as they extended their lead, 56-47, early in the period. The Billikens kept fighting, but their comeback attempts were marred by 5-16 shooting from the floor. On the flip side, Davidson continued to make its way to the free throw line, making 11-13 baskets from the charity stripe to help muscle out an eight-point win.

Gray led the Billikens, scoring 15, while McMakin’s 7-7 performance from the free throw line boosted her to 13 points.

Despite the loss, the Billikens held the A-10’s top three-point shooting team to 11 percent (1-9) its second lowest percentage of the season. 

The Billikens will be back in action on Wednesday morning hosting VCU for the annual Education Day. Tip-off is set for 11 a.m. in Chaifetz Arena.

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