December 7, 2007
Women's Basketball Gives Up Big Lead, Falls in Overtime
BLUEFIELD, WV -- Central State battled back to grab a 66-64 overtime win over Catawba in women’s basketball action in the Herb Sims Tournament, hosted by Bluefield State on Friday night at Shott Gym. The loss drops the Catawba Indians to 4-3 on the year.
After fighting back from a 19-point second half deficit, Central State held off Catawba in extra-time. Brittany Higgins ((Tacoma Park, MD/Blair HS) gave the Lady Indians their last lead at 63-61 on two free throws with 1:33 left, but Mahogony Wilson tied the game with 57 second to go and Shayla Henderson put the Maurauders up with a pair of free throws with 49 seconds remaining.
NeKeithia Howard (Macon, GA/Northeast HS) made one of two at the line to bring Catawba within a point, but a turnover after two missed free throws Linda Obadigo denied the ladies a chance for the win. Ijeoma Ofomata added a free throw for the final margin.
Howard led Catawba with 16 points, while Higgins followed with 15. Freshman Nisha Long (Dallas, NC/Gaston Day) dished a high of 10 assists and also led the way with six rebounds. Brooklyn Morrow led all scorers with 21 for Central State. Henderson added 15 points and Ofamata had 11 points and eight rebounds.
The Lady Indians fell behind early at 10-4, but fought back to tie the score at 12-all on a jumper by Dione Eccles (Clemmons, NC/W. Forsyth HS) with 12:03 left in the first half. Tied at 14-all, a three-pointer by Sicilia LoSauro (Oviedo, FL/Oviedo HS) keyed a 19-5 run that put Catawba up 33-19. Howard had a basket and five free throws in the surge.
Catawba took a 38-23 lead to the break, but would score only 20 points in the second half. After committing just two turnovers in the opening half, Catawba had 13 in the second and overtime.
A three-pointer by Hillary Hampton (Salisbury, NC/W. Rowan HS) and baskets by Howard and Higgins helped Catawba increase its lead to 19 in the opening minutes of the second half. The Lady Indians still held a 16-point edge with 13 minutes left, but an 8-0 run by the Mauraders cut their deficit to 53-51 with 3:22 left.
Central State tied the game at 55-all on a jumper by Ofomata with 1:47 remaining, but Hampton put Catawba back up on a three-point play with 51 ticks left. The Mauraders pulled within a point on a pair of free throws by Ubadigo with 38 seconds to go and tied the game when Mahogony Wilson converted one of two at the line with 16 seconds left. Catawba failed to get off a shot at the end of regulation.
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