Basketball (W)

Hicks Propels Women's Basketball to 76-75 Win at Mars Hill


MARS HILL, NC -- Catawba outlasted host Mars Hill 76-75 in a back-and-forth South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball contest on Saturday afternoon at Stanford Arena.  The Catawba Indians got a season-high 27 points and career-equaling 16 rebounds from sophomore Dana Hicks (York, SC/Gaston Day) to improve to 10-6 overall and 3-2 in the SAC.  The Lady Lions fall to 4-12 and 1-4.

Hicks gave Catawba the lead with a follow shot with 1:09 left.  Mars Hill had three shots to tie on two possessions in the final minute, but could not find the mark.  Kisha Long (Dallas, NC/Gaston Day) got a steal in the dying seconds for Catawba after the final miss with four seconds to go.

Nisha Long (Dallas, NC/Gaston Day) followed Hicks with 18 points, while dishing out four assists and picking up four steals.  She canned four three-pointers.  Kisha Long added a dozen points and five steals.  Hicks’ double-double was her third straight and eighth of the season.

Margaret Harvey scored 20 points to pace Mars Hill.  Krystal Moore and Brittini Young each added 17 points, while Taylor Deal registered a double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds.

Each team enjoyed 11-point leads in the first half.  The Lady Lions jumped out to a quick 13-2 lead, getting three-pointers from Young, Harvey and Bria Smith.  Catawba clawed back into the game and tied the score at 19-all on a three-point play by Milica Ivanovic (Belgrade, SERBIA/Sports High/Bethel).

Brooke Whitley (New London, NC/N. Stanly HS) hit consecutive three-pointers to spark a 12-1 Catawba run that gave the Lady Indians a 36-25 edge with 4:52 left before the break.  Hicks capped the run with two baskets.

Mars Hill trimmed the deficit to four by the half and tied things on a Harvey bucket with 18:38 to play.  Catawba surged ahead by six only to see Mars Hill strike back with a 12-0 run to lead 61-55 with 9:29 remaining.  Nine straight by the Lady Indians put them up 64-61 at the 8:01 mark and the teams stayed close down the stretch.

The game featured eight lead changes over the final 7:09.  Hicks broke a 67-all tie, with a free throw with 4:54 to go.  Moore and Kisha Long traded three-pointers before a Young three-pointer put the Lady Lions up 73-71 with 3:33 left.  Hicks hit two free throws with 2:31 left for a 74-73 edge then Moore gave Mars Hill its final lead with 1:46 to go.  Hicks then delivered with the final points after a miss by Nisha Long.

Catawba held on despite shooting just 30% in the second half.  The Lady Indians made up for it at the line where they were 18-of-25 (72%).  Mars Hill was 7-for-9 at the stripe.  Catawba held a 14-7 edge in second-chance points and had a 25-14 advantage in points off turnovers.  The Lady Indians had 13 miscues to 21 for Mars Hill.

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