Basketball (W)

Women's Basketball Knocks Off #20 Carson-Newman on Senior Night


SALISBURY, SC – Senior Brooke Whitley (New London, NC/N. Stanly HS) scored 17 points to help Catawba knock off nationally-ranked Carson-Newman for the second time this season 66-64 in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Wednesday night at Goodman Gym.  The Catawba Indians improve to 15-11 overall and 8-7 in the SAC, while the 20th-ranked Lady Eagles fall to 21-5 and 10-5.

Carson-Newman rallied from seven down in the final two minutes, but after Mandy Mendenhall (Kingston Springs, TN) tied the game with 18 seconds left, Catawba pushed the ball up the court and got a layup from Maggie Sullivan (Fort Mill, SC/Charlotte Christian HS) with seven seconds remaining.  Mendenhall missed a 10-footer from the baseline as time expired in an attempt to send the game to overtime.

Catawba never trailed and got out to an 11-2 lead.  Whitley, playing in her final home game as the team’s lone senior, stroked in a trio of three-pointers in the first half, helping the Lady Indians go 6-of-11 from behind the arc in the opening frame.  Catawba led 33-27 at the break. 

A three-point play by Dana Hicks (York, SC/Gaston Day) and a layup by Nisha Long (Dallas, NC/Gaston Day) gave Catawba a 62-51 lead with 5:19 to go, but Carson-Newman began to chip away from there.  Six straight points, capped by a pair of free throws by Ashley Kyle (Jefferson City, TN), brought the Lady Eagles within 62-57 with 3:55 to go.

Whitley got a layup for Catawba with 3:30 remaining, but the Lady Indians had three turnovers down the stretch to give Carson-Newman a chance.  Kyle hit a free throw with 53 seconds to go to cut the margin to 64-60 then after a turnover Kyle hit a jumper with 30 seconds left to trim the deficit to 64-62.  Carson-Newman would force a five-second call with 22 seconds to play to set up Mendenhall’s tying basket and the final sequence.

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