HPU Women’s Basketball Panthers Tussle With Wildcats On Tuesday

Posted by Press Release on November 23, 2015 at 4:56 pm under College | Comments are off for this article

HIGH POINT, N.C. – The High Point University women’s basketball team will look to build momentum as it returns home to take on Davidson at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday night in the Millis Center.

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The Panthers (1-3) opened the season with a home victory over Greensboro College before dropping three straight road games. A showdown with the Wildcats (1-2) gives the Purple & White one more chance to play in front of a home crowd before traveling to Cancun, Mexico over the Thanksgiving holiday.

High Point went on the road to UNCG and fell 82-72. Junior Kaylah Keys paced the team with 19 points while freshmen Emma Bockrath and Shea Morgan produced breakout performances. Bockrath tallied season highs in points (15), rebounds (8) and assists (3) as Morgan recorded 11 points and five rebounds. At the point, sophomore Kat Harris continued her strong play with her third straight game scoring in double figures.

• Tuesday will be head coach DeUnna Hendrix’s 100th game at the helm for High Point. She enters the game with a 60-39 record and has produced the second highest winning percentage in HPU’s program history (.606).
• Sophomore Kat Harris has registered three straight games with at least 10 points, the longest streak in her career.
• Junior Kaylah Keys passed Misty Brockman for seventh on HPU’s Division I scoring list (1,072 points). She is 47 points behind Mackenzie Maier (2007-11) for sixth.
• Keys trails Lindsay Puckett (2010-15) by three on the program’s all-time 3-pointers made list.
• On the year, the team’s seven freshmen have been relied on heavily throughout the lineup. The group averages 51 percent of the team’s points (32.2 ppg) and rebounds (18.8 rpg) while logging 62 percent of the available minutes.

• Like High Point, Davidson is a battle-tested team despite having only played three games. The squad opened the year beating Furman before dropping road contests to ACC schools (Wake Forest and N.C. State).
• Tuesday will feature a clash of styles as Davidson will feature an experienced, big frontline while the Panthers’ backcourt will look to get out and run.
• The Wildcats’ top three scorers all start on their frontline in seniors Dakota Dukes and Hannah Early and sophomore Mackenzie Latt. Led by Dukes (13.7 ppg and 6.7 rpg), the trio averages 30.7 points and 19.4 rebounds per game.
• In last year’s meeting between the two programs Dukes, Early and Latt combined for 47 points and 23 rebounds in a 76-57 win.
• Junior Kayla Seymour starts and senior Alex Long is the sixth-man, but other than those two its all underclassmen that will see time in the Davidson backcourt. As expected, that has led to 18.0 turnovers per outing for the squad.

• The Panthers and Wildcats are facing off for the 10th time with HPU leading the series 5-4.
• Davidson took last season’s meeting 76-57 at home as revenge after the Purple & White cruised to a 100-65 triumph the last time the two teams played in the Millis Center.
• It’s the fifth consecutive season in which the two programs have faced off with each game resulting in a convincing win by the home team.
• High Point is 7-8 all-time against the current members of the Atlantic 10. The team went 0-2 against A-10 foes last season dropping contests at VCU and Davidson.

In Davidson’s 76-57 victory over HPU last season, junior Kaylah Keys led the team with 13 points while sophomore Kat Harris added nine points.

The Panthers will fly to Cancun, Mexico on Wednesday in preparation to take part in the 2015 Cancun Challenge. HPU opens play in Thursday at 4:00 p.m. against UAB before its contest with Georgia Tech on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

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