Basketball (W)

Big Second Half Leads Women's Basketball to Win Over Livingstone


SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba pulled away from Livingstone in the second half to claim an 81-64 victory over the visiting Lady Blue Bears in women’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym.  The Catawba Indians got 20 points from Nisha Long (Dallas, NC/Gaston Day) in improving to 4-3.  The win was also #100 for Coach Angie Morton with Catawba.  The Lady Blue Bears fell to 2-6.

Long scored 13 points after the break as Catawba shot nearly 57% and raced away from a 32-30 halftime edge.  Livingstone drew even at 34-all on a jumper by Chassaundra Rhodes (Charlotte, NC) three minutes into the second then Catawba answered with a 12-0 run to take control.  Maggie Sullivan (Fort Mill, SC/Charlotte Christian HS) scored six of her season-high 13 points in the run.

The Lady Blue Bears pulled within nine with 12 minutes left, but could get no closer.  Long’s three-pointer with 6:55 to go gave Catawba a 66-47 edge.  Kisha Long (Dallas, NC/Gaston Day) also reached double figures for Catawba with 12 points, while Milica Ivanovic (Belgrade, SERBIA/Sports High/Bethel) had nine points and 10 rebounds.

Kayler McBride (Ocala, FL) led Livingstone with 16 points with Khalia Boston (Alexandria, VA) added 14 points off the bench.  Rhodes tallied 12 points with deven rebounds.  Catawba shot just over 45% for the game with the Lady Blue Bears canning 37%.  Livingstone held a 46-40 edge on the boards, but committed 25 turnovers to 17 for the Lady Indians.

The first half was tightly contest with Catawba pulling out to a 22-14 edge with 6:14 to go before the break.  Livingstone fought back and took a 30-29 lead on a three-pointer by Boston with 57 seconds left, but Long answered with her own three-pointer with 36 seconds remaining for the 32-30 lead at the break.


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