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Women's Basketball Close Pre-Christmas Schedule With Third Straight Win

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SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba used a 14-3 run late in the second half and went on to grab an 84-75 win over visiting Saint Paul’s in women’s basketball action on Friday afternoon at Goodman Gym.  The Catawba Indians close their pre-Christmas schedule at 7-4, while the Tigers fall to 3-6.

Senior Cameron Clark (Albemarle, NC/N. Stanly HS) led Catawba with 17 points and hit on six free throws in the final minute to help secure the win.  Junior Brooke Whitley (New London, NC/N. Stanly HS) scored all 13 of her points in the second half and Dana Hicks (York, SC/Gaston Day) added 12 points off the bench for Catawba.  Whitley grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.

Allukesha Guy (Plainfield, NJ) had 22 points and eight rebounds to lead Saint Paul’s with Tatiana Ellis (Harlem, NY) scoring 20.  Juantale Cook (Upper Marlboro, MD) tossed in 11 points off the bench for the Tigers.

The game featured 17 lead changes in a see-saw affair.  The Lady Indians shot 57% in the first half and scored four points in the final 16 seconds to take a 42-39 lead to the break.  Catawba missed on its first six shots of the final half, but stayed in front until a layup by Guy at the 14:17 mark gave the Tigers a 48-46 edge.

The lead changed hands seven times over the next three minutes until a layup by Kisha Long (Dallas, NC/Gaston Day) gave the Lady Indians the lead for good at 55-54 with 11:01 remaining.  Leading 61-58 with just under six minutes to play, Whitley hit three from behind the arc in the run to push the Catawba advantage to its largest of the game at 73-61 with 3:26 left.

The Tigers pulled within 76-70 on a layup by Guy with 1:38 to go then Clark canned six straight from the line to keep Catawba in front.  The Lady Indians shot just 38% in the final half, but hit on 12-of-15 free throws and out-rebounded Saint Paul’s 26-17 in the final 20 minutes.  Long dished out seven assists to go along with nine points.

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