DAVIDSON, N.C. – Four players scored in double-figures, led by 21 points from junior Afreyea Tolbert, as the College of Charleston women's basketball team handed Davidson their second conference loss of the season, 74-71 Monday at Belk Arena.
Tolbert added 10 rebounds for the double-double and senior Latisha Harris also had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Alyssa Frye and sophomore Mikaela Hopkins each added 10 points for the Cougars.
The win broke a string of four consecutive defeats to Davidson and the Cougars won for just the third time in the history of the program on the road in the all-time series with the Wildcats.
Harris led the Cougars (11-12, 7-7) with 12 first-half points as CofC took a 33-20 lead into halftime.
Davidson (14-9, 11-2) came out strong in the second half and cut the Cougars lead to six at 41-35 with 15:36 to play. The Cougars responded as they used a 17-9 run to go up 14 at 58-44 with 9:18 to go.
Davidson then caught fire from beyond the three-point arc as they hit six threes in the second half and used a 7-1 run late in the game to go up one at 66-65 with 2:27 to play.
The Cougars got back-to-back jumpers from Hopkins and Frye to go up three, 69-66 with 1:41 to play in the game. Davidson would cut the lead to one at 72-71 on a three-pointer with 33 seconds on the clock.
Davidson missed a jumper with 14 seconds left and Harris grabbed the rebound and was fouled. Harris made both free-throws to put the Cougars up 74-71. Davidson had one last chance as they missed a three-pointer and Tolbert grabbed the rebound to secure the victory.
Up next the Cougars host Chattanooga on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. at TD Arena.
COFC HEAD COACH NATASHA ADAIR
On the win on road at Davidson
"I'm so excited for my team and it was a great team win. We talked about that Davidson was going to come back, but our depth is what won us this game. We had multiple people make plays for us. Davidson is a great team and we knew they were going to fight until the end. It was a team effort and I'm so proud of these girls for doing something that they haven't done in beating Davidson. It was something a lot of people thought we couldn't do and we stayed together and got the win."
On building confidence with this win towards end of season
"Davidson was 11-1 in conference before tonight so it's a big win for us. They were picked to win this league and are at the top in the standings. We talked before this game about being courageous. To come into Davidson and beat a team at the top of the league will give our kids that confidence that they can play with anyone. To hold on and get key stops down the stretch, when things didn't go our way, shows a lot about our team."