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Women's Basketball Ekes Out Win Over Wingate

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SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba used another rally to remain undefeated in the South Atlantic Conference with a 58-56 win over visiting Wingate in women’s basketball action on Wednesday night at Goodman Gym.  The Catawba Indians overcame an eight-point deficit with just over ten minutes to play to improve to 9-4 overall and 3-0 in the SAC.  It marked the sixth straight win for the Lady Indians.  The Bulldogs fall to 6-5 and 1-2.

A lay-up from Kurie Washington (Marion, NC), along with a free throw from freshman forward Shey Brown (Rockingham, NC), gave Wingate a 40-32 lead nine minutes into the second half.  The Lady Indians began to whittle into the lead from there, cutting the deficit to two on a jumper from Milica Ivanovic (Belgrade, SERBIA/Sports High/Bethel) and a pair of free throws from Dana Hicks (York, SC/Gaston Day). 

Wingate stayed ahead until Ivanovic canned a three-pointer with 5:35 left.  A pair of free throws from Hicks pushed the Catawba lead to five with 3:21 remaining.  Simone Rutledge (Atlanta, GA) and Janitsha Williams (Statesville, NC) answered for Wingate to trim the lead to one at the 1:27 mark.  After the teams traded baskets, Ivanovic knocked down a triple with the shot clock running down, giving the Indians a 58-54 lead with 23 seconds remaining. A lay-up from Wollett cut the lead to two with 15 seconds to go, but the Bulldogs could not foul Catawba until there was under a second remaining in the game.

Ivanovic missed her first ten shots then scored all of her game-high 14 points in the second half, including a trio of three-pointers in the last 5:35.  Hicks posted her 11th double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds, going 6-for-6 at the stripe.  Kisha Long (Dallas, NC/Gaston Day) also reached double figures with 10 points.
 
Williams led the Bulldogs with 13 points, knocking down three-of-five shots from three-point range.  Tish Logan (Suitland, MD scored all eight of her points in the first half, while Washington (Marion, NC) added seven points.

Triples from Williams and Sarah Wollett (Raleigh, NC), along with a free throw from Wollett, put the Bulldogs on top 17-10 at the 9:06 mark of the opening half.  Catawba scored the next nine points, capped by a three from Anna Dellapenta (Thomasville, NC/E. Davidson HS/Elon) to take a 19-17 advantage with six minutes remaining in the frame. 
  
Back-to-back threes from Williams, along with a lay-up from senior guard CC Brooks, (Mount Holly, NC) gave the Bulldogs a 27-19 lead.  Wingate took a 31-25 lead the break.  Catawba shot just 28% in the first half and committed 13 turnovers.  The Lady Indians improved to 35% in the second half and had just seven miscues.

For the game, Catawba shot 31% to Wingate’s 40%.  The Lady Indians committed four more turnovers, but controlled the glass with a 49-35 rebounding advantage, 23 on the offensive end.

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