Basketball (W)

Ivanovic Leads Women's Basketball With 20 Points in Exhibition at UNC-Greensboro


GREENSBORO, NC -- UNC-Greensboro topped Catawba 79-55 in a women basketball exhibition game on Saturday afternoon at Fleming Gym.  Monique Floyd posted a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Spartans.  Kendra Smith had 16 points.  Catawba was led by junior Milica Ivanovic (Belgrade, SERBIA/Sports High/Bethel) with 20 points.

Catawba suffered two long scoring droughts in the first half.  The Lady Indians trailed 10-0 before freshman Elizabeth Merritt (Lexington, NC/E. Davidson HS) put Catawba on the board with a pair of free throws 4:32 into the contest.  Catawba trailed 25-14 with 8:49 left in the opening half, but scored only two more points before the break, coming on a pair of free throws by Jolysa Connor (Charlotte, NC/Waddell HS) with 4:16 to go.

The Lady Indians shot just 14.3% in the first half, hitting five of 35 shots in trailing 53-16.  UNCG was canning nearly 54%, including 6-of-12 from long range.  Smith had a dozen of her points in the opening frame.  The Spartans also enjoyed a 32-19 edge on the boards.

Ivanovic heated up in the second half for Catawba, scoring all 20 of her points.  She had seven quick points as Catawba got within 60-35 by the 11:12 mark.  She hit a trio of three-pointers in a two minute span late in the contest. 

Catawba hit on 15-of-29 (51.7%) shots in the second half, while UNCG connected on just 29%.  Merritt led the Lady Indians with nine rebounds.  Catawba had 18 turnovers, while causing 16.  UNCG finished with a 56-37 edge on the boards.

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