Basketball (W)

Another Late Rally Falls Short as Women's Basketball Drops Second Straight

Ladies committ season-high 29 turnovers in loss

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NEWBERRY, SC -- Catawba fought back from a 13-point deficit in the final 10 minutes, but the comeback fell short as the ladies dropped a 63-57 decision to host Newberry in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Wednesday night at Eleazer Gym.  With the win, Newberry improves to 16-2 overall and 5-2 in the SAC.  The Catawba Indians drop consecutive games for the first time this season, falling to 14-5 and 4-3.

Catawba suffered through a season-high 29 turnovers, falling despite shooting 51% from the field.  The ladies got off to a good start and led early at 11-5.  Newberry would take its first lead of the game with 5:46 left in the opening half at 16-15 on a basket by Tonique Frasier.  The teams swapped the lead eight times in the final six minutes of the half with four ties.  Frasier’s layup with 15 seconds left in the half gave Newberry a 25-24 lead at the break.

Newberry steadily built on its lead in the second half and used an 11-2 run to take a 48-35 lead after a bucket by Laura Marquart with 9:13 remaining.  Catawba trailed by 11 with six minutes remaining, but consecutive three-pointers by Sicilia LoSauro (Oviedo, FL) brought the ladies within 54-49 with 5:06 left.  A three-point play by Ne'Keithia Howard (Macon, GA) cut the deficit to 54-52 and LoSauro capped a 14-2 run with her third triple to give Catawba a 57-56 lead with 3:30 to go.

Catawba had one possession to increase its lead, but LoSauro missed a jumper and Ashlee Wright put Newberry on top for good at 58-57 with 2:23 remaining.  Wright added a second jumper after a turnover for a 60-57.  Catawba had a missed three-pointer and another turnover before Monica Alexander iced the game on a pair of free throws with 16 seconds left.

Ingrid Easter (Cana, VA) led Catawba with 12 points.  The senior added six rebounds and four steals.  Howard and LoSauro each had 11 points.  Frasier and Wright led all scorers with 17 apiece for Newberry.  Alexander had eight rebounds and eight assists.

Catawba shot 51% in the loss and made 57% in the second half, but Newberry had just 14 turnovers to the 29 for the Lady Indians.  Newberry shot 58% in the second half after making just 28% in the opening 20 minutes.  Catawba held a 33-29 edge on the boards.

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