Basketball (W)

Women's Basketball earns two wins at All Sport Classic

SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba College earned a pair of wins at the Catawba All Sport Classic over the weekend in women's basketball actions. The Lady Indians opened with a 73-61 victory over West Virginia State on Friday night, then topped Belmont Abbey 85-65 on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym. The wins improve Catawba to 4-1 on the year and increases its home-court win streak to 16 games. Against West Virginia State, Catawba pulled out to a 17-10 edge just past the mid-point of the opening half, but the visitors rallied to lead by four and took a 30-29 lead to the break. The teams combined for 37 first half turnovers. The Jackets still led at 48-47 with just over nine minutes to play when Catawba put together a 21-4 run over a five minute span that gave the Lady Indians a 68-52 lead with 4:37 remaining. WV State would never get within single digits the rest of the game. Dorthell Little (Rockingham, NC) led Catawba with 17 points, 10 rebounds, seven steals and five assits. Danyel Locklear (Pembroke, NC) added 18 points and five steals. The Jackets were led by Nicole Reyes with 12 points and six rebounds and Teena Jackson with 11 points and six boards. On Saturday, the Lady Indians broke open a tight first half with an 11-1 run over the final 3:35 to lead 40-33 at the break. Locklear poured in 18 of her career-high 23 points in the opening frame. Catawba continued the run into the second half building a 47-35 edge in the opening four minutes. The Crusaders trimmed the deficit to 51-45 at the 13:12 mark, but Catawba would race out to a 69-48 lead over the next five minutes. Locklear, the tournament MVP, added 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks to her 23 points. Little, who earned all-tournament honors, finished with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Desiree Pugh (Norlina, NC) tallied 14 points and nine rebounds. April Sigmon led Belmont Abbey with 26 points, while Heather Schleupner had 12 rebounds. #######

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