January 7, 2009
Women's Basketball Rallies To Snap Wingate's 24-Game Home Winning Streak
WINGATE, NC -- Catawba overcame a 10-point halftime deficit and claimed a 76-67 victory over host Wingate in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Wednesday night at Cuddy Arena. The Catawba Indians claim their fifth straight win and improve to 9-4 overall and 1-1 in the SAC. The Bulldogs, which see a 24-game home court winning streak come to an end, dating back to the 2006-07 season, fall to 10-4 and 1-2.
Sophomore Nisha Long (Dallas, NC/Gaston Day) scored 15 points, while her twin sister Kisha Long (Dallas, NC/Gaston Day) added a dozen to lead Catawba. Brittany Higgins (Takoma Park, MD/Blair HS) tossed in 11 points with Dana Hicks (York, SC/Gaston Day) pulling down 16 rebounds to go with eight points.
Catawba erased the halftime deficit in the opening six minutes of the final half, grabbing a 43-42 lead on a jumper by Kisha Long at the 14:41 mark. The teams would then battle through six ties and six lead changes down the stretch before a jumper on the break by Kisha Long gave Catawba the lead for good at 66-65 with 2:22 remaining.
The bucket by Long came during an 8-0 run that saw the Catawba lead grow to 70-65 on a pair of free throws by Long with 1:15 to go. Wingate cut the margin to 70-67 on a layup by Anna Atkinson Marion, NC), but Catawba held on. The Lady Indians got a jumper by Higgins with 38 seconds left, that just beat the shot clock, and two free throws by Cameron Clark (Albemarle, NC/N. Stanly HS) with 28 seconds left that iced the issue.
Atkinson led Wingate, posing a double-double with 15 points and 10 assists. Freshman Kurrie Washington (Marion, NC) followed with 14 points and Stacie Rhodes (Raleigh, NC) had 10 points and seven boards.
Wingate scored the opening nine points and held a 37-27 edge at the break. The Lady Indians made just 28% of its shots in the opening half and were out-rebounded 27-18, but helped force 16 Bulldogs turnovers to keep Wingate in sight.
After its early spurt, a three-pointer by Washington put Wingate on top 24-13 with just under 10 minutes left in the opening half. Catawba used a 6-0 run to close within five, but the Bulldogs would lead by a dozen just before the break.
Catawba improved its shooting markedly in the second half, hitting on 20-of-36 attempts (55%). Wingate, who hit on 45% in the opening half, made just 34% in the final half. Catawba would win the battle of the boards 43-39 and also turnovers, committing just 20 to 29 for the Bulldogs.
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