Basketball (W)

Muldrow fires in career-best 20 points in Women's Basketball loss at Tusculum

GREENEVILLE, TN -- Chassity Martin (Salem, VA) tied a career-high with 25 points and hauled in a career-best seven rebounds to lead Tusculum to a 73-58 win over visiting Catawba in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Pioneer Arena. With the win, the Pioneers improve to 11-3 overall and 2-1 in the SAC. Catawba drops to 6-10 and 1-2 in the conference.

Tusculum got on the scoreboard first with a Martin three-pointer and never trailed for the remainder of the half. Catawba pulled to within 7-6 on a Corin Muldrow (Jacksonville, NC) lay-up with 16:28 on the clock, but TC went on a 6-0 run to increase its lead to 13-6.

The Pioneer lead swelled to 13 points at 30-17 when Ashli Oliver (Kokomo, IN) drained a trey with 6:32 left in the period. Catawba’s Selia Monroe (Springfield, VA) sank a lay-up to slice TC’s advantage to 39-31 with one minute remaining in the stanza, but the Pioneers scored the final four points of the period to take a 43-31 lead at the half.

Sparked by five quick points by Hannah Davis (Williamsburg, VA), the Lady Indians came out firing in the second period and scored the first eight points of the frame to cut the Tusculum lead to 43-39 at the 17:02 mark. The Pioneers responded with a 5-0 run of their own to expand their lead to 48-39 with 15:29 left.

A Martin lay-up with 6:38 left in regulation gave Tusculum a 19-point lead at 62-43, and from there, Catawba could get no closer than 14 points down the stretch. The Pioneers out-shot the Lady Indians 42.4 percent to 31.7 percent. They also won the battle of the boards, hauling in 48 rebounds to Catawba’s 42.

Martin was joined in double-figures by Oliver, who scored 16 for the Pioneers, and Stephany Neptune (Wallkill, NY), who narrowly missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds. Amber Redding (Sevierville, TN) pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds for TC, and Brooke Underwood (Knoxville, TN) recorded 12 assists.

Catawba was led by Muldrow, who had a career day with 20 points and 10 rebounds while adding four assists. Davis tallied 17 points and grabbed six rebounds.

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