Basketball (W)

Women's Basketball Picks Up Fourth Straight Win


SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba pulled out a tightly contested South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball game, 66-61 over visiting Newberry on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym.  The Catawba Indians picked up their fourth-straight win to improve to 12-6 overall and 5-2 in the SAC.  Newberry falls to 12-5 and 5-2.  The game featured eight ties and 14 lead changes.

Dana Hicks (York, SC/Gaston Day) delivered 19 points and eight rebounds, while Nisha Long (Dallas, NC/Gaston Day) scored 18 points, dished out five assists and posted four steals to lead Catawba.  An 8-2 spurt just under the ten minute mark gave the Lady Indians a 58-52 lead which matched the largest by either team on the day.  Catawba stayed in front the rest of the way.

Newberry had a shot to send the game to overtime after a pair of late Catawba turnovers, but Jessica Bearzatto (Melbourne, AUSTRALIA) misfired on a three-pointer with seven seconds left and Elizabeth Merritt (Lexington, NC/E. Davidson HS) pulled down the rebound for Catawba.  Nisha Long iced the game on a pair of free throws with four seconds remaining.

Anita Bulcher (Russia, OH) led Newberry with 16 points, while LeAnne Watson (Stone Mountain, GA) added 14.  They each pulled down six rebounds.  Helen McKinney (Owensboro, KY) had eight points and nine rebounds.

A three-pointer by Bearzatto and baskets by Watson and Bulcher sparked Newberry to a 41-35 lead with 15 minutes to play.  A three-point play by Milica Ivanovic (Belgrade, SERBIA/Sports High/Bethel) and a three-pointer by Kisha Long (Dallas, NC/Gaston Day) pulled Catawba even.  A layup by Hicks moved Catawba on top 50-46 with 11:13 remaining.

The game was tied at 50-all when Catawba used its spurt to get the lead it would not let go.  Ivanovic sank a three-pointer in the run.  Hicks gave the Lady Indians a 64-58 lead with 1:20 to go then Bulcher got a free throw followed by a layup after a turnover to cut the margin to 64-61 with 29 seconds left.  A second turnover gave Newberry its chance to tie the contest.

Each team shot 42% with Catawba winning the battle on the boards 39-35.  Catawba had 18 miscues to 17 for Newberry.  The Lady Indians got to the line more, making 11-of-13 tries, while Newberry was 3-of-6.


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