Basketball (W)

Women's Basketball knocks off #6 Mars Hill

SALISBURY, NC – Catawba College hit on 57% of its shots and help force 32 turnovers as the Lady Indians upset sixth-ranked Mars Hill 80-64 in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym. The win improves Catawba to 16-5 overall and 7-3 in the SAC, while the Lady Lions fall to 19-2 and 9-1. Catawba scored the game’s first nine points and never trailed. The Lady Indians would lead 14-2 after a three-pointer by Ashley Cox (Richmond, VA) at the 14:18 mark of the half. Mars Hill would whittle away at the lead and eventually tied the contest at 22-22 on a pair of free throws by Maria Hickman (Statesville, NC) with 3:40 left in the half that ended a 9-0 run by the Lady Lions. Ella Pasola (Vantaa, FINLAND) then scored seven straight points for Catawba as the Lady Indians took a 35-24 lead to the break. Pasola scored 11 of her 13 points in the opening half. Catawba shot 48% in the opening half, then canned 70% in the last half to run away with win. The Lady Indians quickly build its halftime lead to 19, then went ahead 53-32 on a layin by Felisha Tate (Greensboro, NC) with 11:35 remaining. Mars Hill closed to within 13 at 61-48 on a three-pointer by Holly Carringer (Murphy, NC) with 3:51 left, but Catawba hit on 10-of-15 free throws in the final three minutes to keep its double digit margin. Dorthell Little (Rockingham, NC) led Catawba with 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists. All five Catawba starters reached double figures as Isiaette Darden (Wilson, NC) had 14, Pasola and Cox 13, and Danyel Locklear (Pembroke, NC) scored a dozen. Carringer led Mars Hill with 18 points. Denise Shelton (Cambridge, IN) the nation’s second ranked scorer was held to 12 points and without a field goal until the final eight minutes. Shelton added 10 rebounds, while Hickman scored 11 points. #####

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