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Women's Basketball Rolls Past Belmont Abbey 93-65

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SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba cruised to a 93-65 win over visiting Belmont Abbey in women’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym.  The Catawba Indians pick up their fourth straight win and improve to 8-4.  The Crusaders fall to 4-3.

Four Lady Indians reached double figures with Brittany Higgins (Takoma Park. MD/Blair HS) and Dana Hicks (York, SC/Gaston Day) each scoring 15.  Cameron Clark (Albemarle, NC/N. Stanly HS) added 14 and dished out eight assists, while Brooke Whitley (New London, NC/N. Stanly HS) chipped in with 10 points.

Belmont Abbey, which used six first-half three-pointers to stay close, jumped out to a 6-2 edge in the opening minutes.  Catawba pulled in front at 7-6, during 14-0 run, and never trailed after that.  The Lady Indians led by as many as eight points in the opening half, but Belmont Abbey pulled within a point on Courtney Naquin’s (Virginia Beach, VA) third three-pointer, 1:18 before the break.

Catawba would lead 41-38 at the half with Hicks scoring 11 before the break.  A 9-3 run early in the second half pushed the Lady Indian lead to nine and after Whitley’s layup at the 12:03 mark gave Catawba a 10-point lead, the Crusaders never cut the deficit to single digits.  It came during a 14-1 run that saw the lead balloon to 69-50 with nine minutes left.

Amanda McDonald (Albany, GA) scored 14 points to lead Belmont Abbey with Shayla Jackson (Knoxville, TN) adding 13.  Naquin finished with 11 points and Kala Nwachukwu (Upper Marlboro, MD) adding 10 points and six rebounds.

Catawba shot 52% for the game and held Belmont Abbey to just 41%.  After canning six-of-nine from behind the arc in the opening half, the Crusaders made just one-of-five in the final 20 minutes.  The Lady Indians used a big margin in turnovers to aid in the win.  Catawba scored 39 points off 29 Crusader miscues, while Belmont Abbey had just seven points off 14 Catawba turnovers.

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