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Furious Rally Falls Short as Women's Basktball Loses at LMU

Ladies trailed by 18 with 10 minutes to play

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HARROGATE, TN – Catawba suffered through a tough shooting night and a late rally came up short in a 50-45 loss to Lincoln Memorial in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Saturday night at Turner Arena.  The Railsplitters improve to 9-8 overall and 2-5 in the SAC, while the Catawba Indians fall to 14-4 and 4-2.

Catawba fell behind 17-6 early in the contest, but fought back to within 23-17 with just under three minutes to go before the break.  The Railsplitters used a late surge to take a 32-17 lead at the half after a halfcourt buzzer-beater by Kelsi Salas.  The Lady Indians shot just 18.5% (5-of-27) in the opening half and were out-rebounded 25-14.

Lincoln Memorial built its lead to 19 points early in the second half and held an 18-point edge at 45-27 with 10 minutes remaining when Catawba made a valiant comeback attempt.  Catawba would go on an 18-point run to tie the contest with 1:55 left.

Ingird Easter (Cana, VA) hit a three-pointer between a pair of Ne’Keithia Howard (Macon, GA) baskets to pull Catawba within 45-34.  Tamekia Foster (Chesapeake, VA) cut the deficit to nine with 7:27 to go.  The Lady Indians would connected on a trio of three pointers to tie the game as Easter canned two after one by Andrell Baxter (Evergreen, AL) to bring Catawba even.

Catawba had a possession to take the lead, but Betsy Bowser made a key steal with a minute to play.  Latoya Johnson made one of two free throws, but Bowser grabbed the rebound and added two more from the stripe for a 48-45 LMU lead with 21 seconds left.  Andi Winney added a pair from the line after another Lady Indian turnover for the final margin.

Winney finished with a double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds to spark the Railsplitters.  Bowser had nine points and five boards.  Easter was the lone Catawba player in double figures with 13.

Catawba shot just 29% (16-of-56) for the game, but held LMU to just 27% in the second half to have a chance for the win.  Lincoln Memorial shot 35% for the game and held a commanding 47-30 edge on the boards.  Catawba did force 25 LMU turnovers, while committing 15.

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