The Winthrop women's basketball team returns home Saturday night to take on non-conference rival Davidson. The tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be streamed live on the Big South Network.
The Eagles take a 4-3 record into the contest as they try to get back on the winning trail after seeing their three-game win streak snapped last Sunday at Ohio State. Davidson has lost three straight and stands at 3-5.
Winthrop and Davidson will be meeting for the 16th time. The Wildcats lead the series 10-5, but Winthrop has won two of the last three meetings, including a 91-76 home victory last season. The two teams will be meeting in Rock Hill for the 10th time where Davidson has won five of the previous nine games.
"Last year we were fortunate to beat Davidson when we got 29 points from Dequesha McClanahan and 26 from Erica (Williams), so we'll have to find a way to get some points," said Winthrop head coach Kevin Cook. "They are long, they're tall, and they are very well coached by Michele Savage. Davidson has played a tier of top opponents this year and have a couple of wins over Big South schools. I hope our fans will come out and support us on Saturday night," he said.
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Cook is looking to achieve his 50th win at Winthrop in his third season at the helm. He is 49-24 and only four wins from 100 for his head-coaching career.
Williams, a sophomore, continues to lead the Eagles in scoring with a 14.7 average, while junior Schaquilla Nunn is the top rebounder with 11 per game. She has recorded double-digit rebounds in six of Winthrop's seven games this season and ranks second in the Big South Conference.
Davidson is led in scoring by 6-foot-2 junior guard Hannah Early, who averages 14.6 points per game while 6-foot-1 freshman forward McKenzie Latt tops the Wildcats in rebounding with eight per game. Two of Davidson's wins this season have been against Big South opponents. The Wildcats claimed a 68-67 road win over Gardner-Webb on Nov. 20 and captured a 19-point win at home over High Point, 76-57, on Nov. 25. The only common opponent that both Winthrop and Davidson has faced this year is Furman. Winthrop lost at home to the Paladins, 73-55, on Nov. 17, while Davidson lost 67-60 in Furman.
Following the Davidson game, Winthrop will not play again until it travels to Wichita, KS for the Wichita State Classic on Dec. 19-20. The Eagles will meet George Mason in the first game of the event at 5 p.m. They will face the host Shockers at 4 p.m. on the 20th.