Basketball (W)

Carmon, Darden spark Women's Basketball to upset of Wingate

WINGATE, N.C. -- Senior Christina Carmon (Stafford, Va.) tossed in a career-high 21 points as Catawba upset league-leading Wingate 83-71 in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Wednesday night at Cuddy Arena. The Lady Indians pick up their fifth straight win and assure themselves of a first round SAC Tournament game at home next Wednesday. Catawba improves to 16-10 overall and 7-6 in the SAC, while the Bulldogs fall to 17-9 and 10-3. It also marked the 12th win in the last 13 meeting for Catawba over Wingate, who won the earlier meeting this season in double overtime.Catawba stormed out of the gates and led 29-13 just over six minutes into the contest. The Lady Indians nailed four three-pointers in the early going, three by Isiaette Darden (Wilson, N.C.). Catawba scorched the nets in the opening half, connecting on 20-of-29 (69%) from the floor. The Bulldogs hit just 36% (11-of-31). The Lady Indians would hold its double-digit advantage until the final five minutes. The Bulldogs got a pair of free throws by Veronica Taylor (Columbia, S.C.) with 3:22 to go brought Wingate within seven at 75-68. Darden responded with two quick buckets to put Catawba on top 79-68 with 2:45 remaining. The Lady Indians hit four free throws in the final 31 seconds to ice the win. Four Catawba players reached double figures as Darden followed Carmon with 19 points, while Hannah Davis (Williamsburg, Va.) tossed in 17 and Tamekia Foster (Chesapeake, Va.) had 10. Taylor had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Wingate. Lakin Byer (Bassett, Va.) scored 15 off the bench for the Bulldogs, while Tanetra Barrett (Marshville, N.C.) had 12 and Petra Nagy (Budapest, HUNGARY) 10. Catawba finished the game shooting 59% (33-of-56) from the floor, while Wingate hit only 33% (23-of-69) and were 1-of-12 from three-point range. The Bulldogs held a 41-33 edge on the boards. #####

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