Saturday Showdown at Davidson Awaits Phoenix Women’s Basketball

ELON, N.C. – The Elon women’s basketball team (10-7, 7-1) will face a big test in its quest to win seven straight games when it travels to play Davidson (10-8, 7-1) on Saturday, Jan. 26. Tip is set for 2 p.m. in Belk Arena.

Saturday, Jan. 26
Site: Davidson, N.C. (Belk Arena)
Series: Davidson leads, 16-6
Last Meeting: Feb. 11, 2012 – Davidson won, 78-51
Radio: WSOE 89.3 FM – Brian Dudiak will have the call

Last Time Out
Elon’s only loss in conference play came at the hands of College of Charleston on Dec. 1, but the maroon and gold avenged that loss by extending its winning streak to six with a 63-56 victory in Charleston last Sunday. The Phoenix saw a game-high 19 points from Kelsey Evans, while Ali Ford scored 13 points after going 3-of-4 from long distance and also tallied four assists. Shannen Cochraham posted a new career high of 10 points, while Shon Redmond dished out five assists.

Scouting the Wildcats
Davidson also holds a 7-1 conference record after claiming a 40-point win over UNCG on Wednesday. Sophia Aleksandravicius, a preseason all-SoCon selection, leads the Wildcats with 14.1 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, while leading the conference in blocked shots with 2.9 per game. Laura Murray also averages in double figures with 11.9 points a game.

The Series
The Wildcats lead the all-time series between the two teams, 16-6, having won the last three meetings. Elon’s last win against Davidson came on Dec. 20, 2010, by way of a 61-60 final in Alumni Gym. The Phoenix has not won in Belk Arena since the 2009-10 season when the team claimed a 77-63 win on Feb. 8, 2010.

Going Streaking
The Phoenix is on a current six-game winning streak, its longest since winning seven straight during the 2010-11 season. Elon’s current 7-1 conference record is the best start the program has ever had since joining the Southern Conference in 2003.

Player of the Week
Ali Ford was tabbed the SoCon Player of the Week on Jan. 22 for her strong play in wins over Furman and College of Charleston. The senior averaged 17 points per game after going 10-for-20 from the field for a 50 percent shooting percentage and made 5-of-8 three pointers. She scored a game-high 21 points and tied her career high of eight assists against Furman, while scoring 13 points and dishing out four assists at CofC. Ford also went a perfect 9-for-9 from the charity stripe.

Looking Ahead
Elon will return home to Alumni Gym to host Georgia Southern on Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m.