Basketball (W)

Hicks Beats OT Buzzer, Women's Basketball Knocks Off Carson-Newman 77-75


SALISBURY, NC – Red-shirt freshman Dana Hicks (York, SC/Gaston Day) beat the buzzer of overtime with a layup to give host Catawba a 77-75 victory over Carson-Newman in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Wednesday night at Goodman Gym.  The Catawba Indians improve to 12-7 overall and 4-4 in the SAC, while the Lady Eagles fall to 14-5 and 5-3.

Hicks layin on a pass from Nisha Long (Dallas, NC/Gaston Day) came as the buzzer sounded to give the Lady Indians its first league home win.  Long had missed a shot inside the final 10 seconds, but Brooke Whitley (New London, NC/N. Stanly HS) battled for a rebound and tipped it back to Long, who drove the lane and fed a wide open Hicks as time expired.

Catawba trailed 71-66 early in overtime, but a jumper by Hicks and a three-pointer by Whitley tied the contest with 2:46 remaining.  The lead switched hands four times before Ashley Kyle (Jefferson City, TN) hit the second of two free throws for Carson-Newman to tie the game at 75-all with 34 seconds left to set up the finish.

The Lady Indians also trailed in regulation after Ashley Tipton (Knoxville, TN) put C-N on top 66-63 on a pair of free throws with 36 seconds to play.  Whitley tied the contest on a three-pointer with 26 seconds left.  Kyle missed a jumper in the lane for Carson-Newman in the final seconds and Long missed a last-second jumper for Catawba.

Cameron Clark (Albemarle, NC/N. Stanly HS) equaled a career-high with 22 points, scoring 13 in the first half, to pace Catawba.  She connected on four-of-eight from behind the arc and added four assists and eight rebounds.  Whitley scored 14 of her 16 points after the break and also canned four three-pointers.  She led Catawba with nine rebounds.  Hicks had 17 points and eight boards.

Shari Buford (Hampton, GA) posted a double-double to lead Carson-Newman, scoring 16 points and adding 13 rebounds.  Mandy Mendenhall (Kingston Springs, TN) also scored 16 points and had six assists.  Kyle and Tykira McDaniell (Griffin, GA) each added 10 points, while Angela Volentine (North Platte, NE) pulled down 11 boards.

Carson-Newman erased an 11-point deficit in the final five minutes of the first half, using a 13-2 run to tie the contest on a pair of free throws by Buford with 47 seconds left before the break.  A three-point play by McDaniel gave the Lady Eagles 34-31 edge at the break. 

The Lady Eagles kept the lead most of the second half until baskets by Hicks and Clark put Catawba on top 61-58 with 1:41 left.  Mendenhall converted consecutive three-point plays on the next two C-N possessions to give the Lady Eagles a 64-63 edge.

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