Basketball (W)

Easter and Howard Lead Women's Basketball Past Tusculum

Easter enjoys perfect shooting night in win


SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba College used a dominating second half performance to defeat visiting Tusculum 81-56 in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Wednesday night at Goodman Gym. The Catawba Indians improve to 12-3 overall and 2-1 in the SAC, while the Pioneers fall to 11-4 and 3-1.

Senior Ingrid Easter (Cana, VA) enjoyed a perfect shooting night, knocking down a career-high 21 points to lead Catawba. Easter made all seven field goal attempts, including a pair of three-pointers, and added five foul shots. Ne'Keithia Howard (Macon, GA) followed with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Tamekia Foster (Chesapeake, VA) also reached double figures with 12 points.

Catawba fell behind 30-20 with just over four minutes remaining in the first half, but used a 10-0 run to trail only 32-30 at the break. The Lady Indians continued its run into the second half and built a 47-36 lead six minutes into the final stanza.

Tusculum pulled within 53-44 on a three-pointer by Shantae Shank (Charlotte, NC) with 10:32 left, but Easter delivered a three-point play and a three-pointer for a 59-46 Catawba edge. The Lady Indians would steadily build their advantage from there with the largest margin coming at 81-53 in the closing minutes.

Shank led the Pioneers with 19 points, while Chassity Martin (Salem, VA) had 14 points. Catawba shot 65.5% in the second half to just 36% for Tusculum. The Lady Indians used a huge 50-14 edge in points in the paint and had 16 free throws just seven for Tusculum. Catawba also held a 41-22 edge on the boards.

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