HPU WBB Falls Short at Davidson, 71-62

DAVIDSON, N.C. – The High Point University women’s basketball team fell at Davidson 71-62 tonight (Nov. 26) in the John M. Belk Arena.

High Point (2-3) logged an overall shooting percentage of 47.1 (24-51), while Davidson (4-3) shot 41.1 percent (23-56), but the Wildcats out-shot the Panthers 33.3 (5-15) percent-13.3 (2-15) percent from behind the arc. Davidson out-rebounded HPU 39-29.

Davidson held its largest lead at 16 points with 9:43 left in the fourth quarter. HPU responded with a 10-0 run to cut the score to 59-53. The Panthers shrunk the lead to four points at 63-59, but were unable to take the lead at any point.

“We got in foul trouble so we couldn’t even get in a flow,” head coach DeUnna Hendrix said. “I think it was more so a game of lack of execution on our part. I don’t know how well we followed the scouting report. The last three days of practice we’ve talked about what it means to be on the road and that can’t be an excuse. We will bounce back from this.”

Senior Emma Bockrath led the Panthers with 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. Seniors Shea Morgan and Bria Gibson pitched in 16 and 14 points, respectively.

High Point and Davidson were nearly even in assists with the Wildcats holding a slight edge at 14-13. The Panthers grabbed seven steals and scored 12 points off 16 Davidson turnovers, while the Wildcats had four steals and scored 17 points off of 19 HPU turnovers.

The Panthers’ reserves produced out-scoring the Wildcats’ bench 21-11. The teams were even in points in the paint at 32. Davidson scored 19 second chance points, while HPU logged eight.

The Panthers fell behind 40-32 going into halftime. The Wildcats out-rebounded HPU 19-13 in the first half. Although the Panthers trailed, they shot 45.8 percent (11-24) from the field compared to Davidson’s 44.4 percent (12-27) in the half.

Sarah Donovan’s 19 points and 13 rebounds led the Wildcats. Ally Welling added 15 points and six rebounds for Davidson.

Up next, the Panthers will host Greensboro College on Thursday, Nov. 29 in the Millis Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.