College of Charleston center Deidra Jones scored 15 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead a balanced Cougar scoring attack that produced four double-figure scorers and led the No. 4 seed Cougars to a 65-54 quarterfinal round win over No. 5 seed Davidson.
The Cougars (22-7) move on to face No. 1 seed Chattanooga in the noon semifinal on Sunday. The pairing sets up a rematch of one of last year’s semifinal matchups in which the Lady Mocs knocked off the Cougars, 68-53. The Wildcats end their season at 12-18.
Leading the way for the Wildcats was guard Alex Thompson who scored a game-high 21 points and snatched seven boards. All-Conference performer Mercedes Robinson recorded 19 points and seven rebounds in her final college game.
After trailing 33-26 at halftime, the Wildcats looked to make a run in the second half. After pulling within two at multiple points in the second half, Davidson had a chance to tie the score at 51 at the 7:19 mark. However a missed layup and back-to-back Brooke Kotcella 3-pointers broke the game open again and put the Cougars up by eight with 6:34 remaining in the game. From that point on Davidson could pull no closer than five as CofC closed out the game on a 14-5 run.
College of Charleston held the Wildcats to only 30 percent (18-of-60) from the field, including 23.1 percent (3-of-13) from the 3-point line and outrebounded the Cougars by 15.
The first 18 minutes was a back and forth affair with neither team taking more than a four point lead. However, the final two minutes saw the Cougars go on a mini 7-1 run to take a seven point lead into halftime.