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Women's Basketball Knocks Off Newberry With Late Free Throws

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NEWBERRY, SC -- Catawba shot a sparkling 53% from the field and made four three throws down the stretch to hold off Newberry for a 65-62 win in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Wednesday night at Eleazer Arena.  The win improves the Catawba Indians to 10-12 overall and 3-7 in the SAC, while Newberry falls to 16-7 and 6-5.

Catawba never trailed in the game and built its 31-30 halftime lead to as many as 13 after a 15-3 run to open the final 20 minutes.  The Lady Indians held a 60-49 lead with just over three minutes remaining, but turnovers on four of its next five possession helped Newberry close within 61-56 with 1:55 to go.

Tacarra Harris scored to close the gap to 61-58 with a minute left and following another Catawba turnover, Laura Marquardt converted a layup to get Newberry within 61-60 with 45 seconds to play.  The Lady Indians would go to the line twice in the final 30 seconds to hold the lead.

Hillary Hampton (Salisbury, NC/W. Rowan HS) converted the first two with 27 seconds left and after a basket by Tonique Frasier, NeKeithia Howard (Macon, GA/Northeast HS) made two more with nine seconds remaining.  Marquardt’s three-point bid in the closing seconds was off the mark as Catawba ended its two-game slide.

Catawba got off to hot start, taking a 15-5 lead after eight minutes.  Marquardt tied the game at 23-all with just under three minutes remaining in the half, but a basket by Cristi Bartlett (Camden, NC/Camden HS) and a three-pointer by Hampton gave the Lady Indians the lead for good.

Four Catawba players reached double figures with Howard and Hampton leading the way with 16 points apiece.  Bartlett added a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards, while Brittany Higgins (Tacoma Park, MD/Blair HS) had 14 points and eight rebounds.  Frasier posted a double-double for Newberry with 22 points and 13 rebounds, but made just 7-of-21 from the field.  Marquardt tossed in 14 points.

Catawba connected on 25-of-47 shots for the game, while Newberry made just 23-of-73 tries (31.5%).  Newberry stayed close with its work on the boards, out-rebounding Catawba 45-34, including grabbing 26 on the offensive glass.  Catawba also had 21 turnovers to 12 for Newberry.

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