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Women's Basketball Keeps Hold of Second Place in SAC with 58-54 Win at LR

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HICKORY, NC -- Catawba earned its fifth straight win and kept hold of second place in the South Atlantic Conference with a 58-54 win in women’s basketball action on Saturday night at Shuford Gym.  The Catawba Indians improve to 20-6 overall and 10-4 in the SAC, while the Bears fall to 15-10 and 8-6.

Catawba got off to a hot start, using an 11-0 run to take a 22-8 lead with 7:21 left in the half.  A layup by Ne'Keithia Howard put the Lady Indians up 26-12 with 5:12 to go, but Lenoir-Rhyne held Catawba scoreless the rest of the half and closed within 26-21 at the break.

Denise Moore brought Lenoir-Rhyne within 26-25 early in the second half before Andrell Baxter snapped the Catawba scoring drought on a layup with 18:30 to go.  Amber Holt drew the Bears even at 32-32 on a three-pointer with 14:32 left.

After Lenoir-Rhyne tied the game, Catawba scored the next eight points and pulled out to a 40-32 edge at the 10:23 mark.  Lenoir-Rhyne never got closer than five the rest of the way until the final seconds.  Catawba made 7-of-11 free throws over the final 1:10 to hold off the Bears.  Brittany Higgins iced the game with a free throw with four seconds remaining.

Howard led Catawba with 14 points and six rebounds.  Sicilia LoSauro came off the Tribe bench to score 10 points and hit a pair of three-pointers.  Moore led all scorers with 20 points for the Bears.  Amber Holt added 16 points and Kalah Wilson tallied 10 points.  Jami Safrit led Lenoir-Rhyne with nine rebounds and six assists.

Lenoir-Rhyne made just 26% of its shots from the field in the opening half and finished at 35%.  Catawba made 44% for the game and hit on 50% in the second half.

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