NORFOLK, Va. – Senior Sophia Aleksandravicius scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace four Davidson College scorers in double figures, and the Wildcats won the program’s first postseason game with an 82-73 victory at Old Dominion in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament on Thursday at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
A two-time Southern Conference Player of the Year, Aleksandravicius had her 50th career double-double, and 20th of the season. She went a career-best 11-for-14 from the foul ine as Davidson hit 20 shots at the line.
Laura Murray (16 points), Dakota Dukes (season-best tying 15) and Jasmine Calin (season-high 10) also registered double figures in points as Davidson moved to 22-12 on the season.
Barbara Sitton for the second game in a row hauled in double figures in rebounds, pulling in a career-best 11 on the defensive end. She also dished out seven assists and pocketed four steals.
Davidson as a team pulled in a season-high 57 rebounds, including a season-best 20 on the offensive glass. It also assisted on 21 of its 29 field goals.
The Wildcats will head back home to play cross-county rival Charlotte, which defeat Appalachian State in the first round, for a Sunday matchup at 2 p.m. in the second round of the WNIT.
ODU (19-12) put three players in double digits, led by Shae Kelley’s 21 points. Stephanie Gardner had 15 and Galaisha Goodhope scored 11. The Monarchs, who had not played in 18 days, shot 40.8 percent for the game.
Davidson took control of the contest with a 17-4 run to close the first half that turned a 25-24 deficit with 9:44 remaining into a 41-29 lead at the break. Aleksandravicius and Calin had 11 and eights points, respectively, in the half.
This is the Wildcats’ second straight appearance in the WNIT and third-ever postseason appearance in school history.
GAME NOTES: Davidson has won 18 of its last 23 games … the Wildcats improved to 6-8 vs. non-conference foes this year … the 22 wins tie last year’s total and are second-most in school history … Davidson scored 44 points in the paint … Aleksandravicius crossed the 100-block mark with a pair of swats, giving her a personal-best 101 … she holds seven career all-time records at Davidson … her 20-point outing was the 28th of her career.