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Women's Basketball Grabs League Road Win at Presbyterian

Defense limits Blue Hose to 19 second-half points

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CLINTON, SC -- Catawba held the host Lady Blue Hose to just 19 second-half points and claimed a 61-53 win over Presbyterian in South Atlantic Conference women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the Templeton Center. With the win, the Catawba Indians improve to 13-3 overall and 3-1 in the SAC. Presbyterian falls to 5-11 and 0-5.

Catawba used an 18-4 midway through the final half to gain control of the tightly contested meeting. The teams battled through nine lead changes and eight tied in the opening half. Catawba’s largest lead was two points, while the Blue Hose held as much as a four-point advantage.

A buzzer-beater by Bridget Takach gave Presbyterian a 34-33 lead at the break. Scoring came at a premium in the early stages of the second half with Takach giving the Lady Blue Hose a 41-37 edge on a jumper with 11:31 left.

Catawba responded from there as Brittany Higgins (Takoma Park, MD) and Ingrid Easter (Cana, VA) sparked a 10-0 run to give the Lady Indians a 47-41 lead. Higgins put Catawba on top for good on a jumper with 9:36 to go and Easter followed with a three-pointer. Another basket by Higgins with 8:33 left provided the 47-41 edge.

Hillary Hampton (Salisbury, NC) gave Catawba the largest lead of the game at 55-45 with 5:26 to go. Jessica Parris brought Presbyterian within 59-53 with 1:53 remaining, but Catawba kept the Lady Blue Hose off the board from that point.

Higgins scored 13 points to pace Catawba, while Easter added 12 points, three assists and a pair of steals. Kerianne Blease had 11 points and eight rebounds for PC, while Takach and Sharie Hopkins added 10 each.

Presbyterian held a 37-26 edge on the boards, but had 21 turnovers to just 11 for Catawba. It marked just the fourth win for the Catawba women at the Templeton Center in

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