Basketball (W)

Ivanovic Sparks Late Rally as Women's Basketball Pulls Out Win Over LMU

09_WBB_IvanovicMima2

SALISBURY, NC -- Host Catawba rallied in the final minute to steal an 88-85 win from Lincoln Memorial in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Wednesday night at Goodman Gym.  The Catawba Indians improve to 11-6 overall and 4-2 in the SAC, while the Lady Railsplitters fall to 4-12 and 2-5.  The win by Catawba overshadowed a conference scoring mark for LMU’s Dayshalee Salaman (Carolina, PUERTO RICO), who scored 44 points.

Milica Ivanovic (Belgrade, SERBIA/Sports High/Bethel) scored the final seven points as the Lady Indians rallied from an 85-81 deficit in the final 40 seconds.  Ivanovic connected on a three-pointer after a LMU turnover with 34 seconds to go then added two free throws with 31 seconds left following another turnover.  Ivanovic then blocked a three-point try by Amberly O’Dell (Argos, IN) with eight seconds left and added two more free throws with 6.7 seconds remaining.  A final three-point try by Salaman rimmed in and out at the buzzer.

Ivanovic led Catawba with 28 points to help overcome a sizzling night for Lincoln Memorial from behind the arc.  The Lady Splitters were 12-of-20 from long range.  Ivanovic was 5-for-9 from three-point range, while Dana Hicks (York, SC/Gaston Day) and Nisha Long (Dallas, NC/Gaston Day) each scored 20 points for the Lady Indians.  Hicks grabbed a career-equaling 16 rebounds to post her fourth straight double-double.

Salaman was the star of the game as she scored the 44 points on 15-of-22 shooting.  She was 4-of-6 from long range and added 10-of-11 at the line.  Carolyn Mills (Nashville, TN) followed with 19 points, canning a trio from behind the arc, and O’Dell tallied 15 points on five three-pointers.

Catawba got out to a big lead in the opening half.  LMU’s first five baskets were three-pointers, but after pulling within 19-15 on the final one, the Lady Indians ran off an 11-0 spurt for a 30-15 lead with 7:59 to go in the half.  The Lady Railsplitters pulled within 39-36 at the break.

The Lady Indians stayed in front until Salaman hit a layup at the 12:19 mark to give LMU a 55-54 lead.  O’Dell hit consecutive three-pointers to give the visitors a 61-58 edge with 11:06 to go.  Catawba responded with a 13-5 run that included two three-pointers from Ivanovic to lead 71-66 at the 7:48 mark.

Salaman took over from there.  She scored 12 straight LMU points and put the Lady Railsplitters up 78-77 with 4:21 remaining.  Two free throws from Mills had Lincoln Memorial on top 85-79 with 1:56 remaining before Catawba’s late rally.

LMU shot 53% from the field for the game to just 40.5% for Catawba, but the Lady Indians controlled the glass by a 43-33 margin.  Catawba pulled down 19 offensive rebounds to three for LMU and had 14 second-chance points to just one for LMU.  The Lady Indians also held a +9 advantage in turnover margin.

PhotosGAME PHOTOS

Box Score

Today's Events

No events scheduled until August 24

Calendar

«July 2018»
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031

Mouse over the red calendar dates to display events on those days. Click to open the full-size calendar.


TEAM PHOTO

Basketball (W) Team Photo

SPONSORS