Wildcats defeat Charleston in title game

By Jackson Sveen

DAVIDSON – Davidson College had an exciting weekend at the Southern Conference Championship basketball tournaments in Asheville.

The men’s basketball team defeated the College of Charleston in the finals on March 11, stamping their ticket to the NCAA tournament later this month.

The women’s basketball team fell short by just one point, 64-63, earlier the same day in their SoCon Championship game against Chattanooga.

Going to the big dance

The men’s basketball teamed entered the SoCon Championship as the first seed after ending the regular season with 14 straight wins.

In their first tournament game, the Wildcats dominated Georgia Southern 86-59. Georgia Southern gave the men’s team their only conference loss of the season on Jan. 14 in Statesboro, Georgia.

The men’s quarterfinal was a nail biter against Appalachian State that was tied 57-57 with two and a half minutes left in the game. The Wildcats moved to the finals with a 65-62 win over the Mountaineers.

The Wildcats defeated the College of Charleston, 74-57, in the SoCon final to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 17 and capture a spot in the NCAA tournament.

This is the Wildcats’ second straight and 12th overall Southern Conference Men’s Basketball Championship. The Wildcats lost to Louisville in the first round of last season's NCAA tournament.  

One point short

This is only the second time the Lady Wildcats have reached the finals of the SoCon tournament in the program’s history. The loss gives them a 14-20 all-time record at the tournament.

Junior Laura Murray scored 22 points, connecting on 4-of-5 three-pointers, for her second 20-point outing in a row. The 20-point outing for Murray was her fourth of the season and 17th of

her career.

Senior Sophia Aleksandravicius had her third straight double-double and 19th of the season, scoring 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting, and pulling in 11 rebounds.

The Lady Wildcats will have wait to hear of its postseason news.