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Hicks Powers Women's Basketball Into First-Place Tie With OT Win at Carson-Newman

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JEFFERSON CITY, TN -- Catawba overcame an early overtime deficit to upset 12th-ranked Carson-Newman 75-66 in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Wednesday night at Holt Fieldhouse.  Sophomore Dana Hicks (York, SC/Gaston Day) scored 26 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds to lead the Catawba Indians into a first place tie with Carson-Newman, Lenoir-Rhyne and Newberry.  Catawba improves to 13-6 overall and 6-2 in the SAC with its fifth straight win.  The Lady Eagles fall to 16-2 and 6-2. 

Catawba led for nearly the entire contest, but twice saw the Lady Eagles erase double-digit deficits to force the extra period.  Ashley Kyle connected on a three-pointer just four seconds into overtime, giving Carson-Newman its first lead since a 7-5 edge three minutes into the contest.  The Lady Indians got free throws from Hicks and Nisha Long (Dallas, NC/Gaston Day) to retake the lead at 63-62 with 3:09 left. 

Shari Buford hit one of two free throws to bring Carson-Newman even with 2:40 left then Catawba took the lead for good on a layup by Milica Ivanovic (Belgrade, SERBIA/Sports High/Bethel) with 2:24 remaining at 65-63.  The Lady Eagles converted one free throw on its next trip then Catawba began to put the game away as Hicks hit two free throws followed by a jumper after a turnover for a 69-64 edge with 1:08 left.

The Lady Indians canned six free throws from there to increase their lead.  Catawba finished 17-of-18 at the line and continued its late game success at the stripe.   The Lady Indians have only missed three of 75 attempts in the final two minutes and overtime over the past two seasons with the margin inside single digits.  Hicks made all 10 of her attempts.

Catawba used a 14-0 run early in the first half to take control of the game.  Trailing 9-7, the Lady Indians zoomed ahead 21-9 with 11 minutes to go before the break.  The Lady Indians led by as much as 13, but Carson-Newman scored 11 unanswered points over the last 4:17 of the half to close within 33-31.

The Lady Eagles tied the game early in the second half only to see Catawba pull back out by double digits at 47-37 with 14:33 left.  Buford tied the game with 5:51 remaining, but Carson-Newman failed on two chances to go on top before Ivanovic canned a three-pointer for a 56-53 Catawba lead a the 4:57 mark.  Kyle scored the final four points of regulation to bring C-N even.  Her last basket came with 33 seconds to go and Catawba missed a shot to end regulation.

Long followed Hicks with 16 points for Catawba, while Ivanovic added a dozen.  The Lady Indians dominated the boards 50-33 to held offset eight more turnovers.  Kyle led Carson-Newman with 18 points and had seven rebounds.  Buford added 11 points and nine boards.
   

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