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Women's Basketball Falters After Hot Start Against Lander

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SALISBURY, NC -- Lander rallied from a 14-point first half deficit to score a 77-68 win over host Catawba in women’s basketball action on Friday night at the Comfort Suites Classic.  The Lady Bearcats improve to 2-0, while the Catawba Indians fall to 2-2.

Four players reached double figures for Lander, led by Shannon McKever (Florence, SC) with 14 points and six rebounds.  Tasheba Butler (Florence, SC) came off the bench to add 13 points and seven rebounds, while Ciara Lyons (Augusta, GA) had 13 points and six boards.  Mukia Myrick (Columbus, GA) collected 12 points and four assists.

Catawba was led by Dana Hicks (York, SC/Gaston Day), who posted her third straight double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing a dozen rebounds.  Brooke Whitley (New London, NC/N. Stanly HS) tossed in a game-high 17 points, canning five three-pointers.  Nisha Long (Dallas, NC/Gaston Day) added 15 points and Milica Ivanovic (Belgrade, SERBIA/Sports High/Bethel) tallied 10 points with six rebounds.

The Lady Indians started hot and went up 34-20 at the 6:18 mark of the opening half on a three-point play by Elizabeth Merritt (Lexington, NC/E. Davidson HS).  Catawba would go cold from there, missing all five of its field goal attempts the rest of the half and committing five turnovers.

Catawba stayed in front by hitting six free throws in the final minutes of the half and led 40-30 at the break.  The Lady Indians’ cold streak continued into the second half as Lander rallied to take the lead at 44-43 on a basket by McKever with 12:44 remaining.  Catawba hit just one of its first 11 shots of the second half and had five turnovers.

The  Lady Indians retook a brief lead and pulled even at 51-all on a jumper by Ivanovic with 10:04 remaining, but Lander scored nine straight points to take control with six minutes to play.  The Lady Bearcats salted the win away, converting 7-of-10 at the line in the final four minutes.

Lander shot nearly 48% for the game, while Catawba hit on only 36%.  Lander reduced a 27-14 rebounding deficit in the first half to just 43-40 at the end of the contest.  Catawba also enjoyed a big advantage at the line in the first half (16-of-22), but was only 2-of-5 after the break.  Lander cashed in on 14-of-21 at the stripe in the second half after being 5-for-9 in the opening 20 minutes.

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