Basketball (W)

More Late Heroics Keep Women's Basketball Undefeated In The SAC


ANDERSON, SC -- Milica Ivanovic (Belgrade, SERBIA/Sports High/Bethel) drilled six three-pointers and Catawba once again rallied late to pull out a 71-67 victory over host Anderson in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the Abney Athletic Center.  The Catawba Indians stay atop the league standings with their sixth straight win, improving to 10-4 overall and 4-0 in the SAC.  The Trojans fall to 6-6 and 2-2.

Catawba trailed by 10 points with just over six minutes remaining, but battled back as the ladies have in each of their league wins.  Ivanovic started the rally with a layup and three-pointer to cut the deficit to 63-58 with 5:31 to go.

Anderson still led by five with two minutes left before Ivanovic added two more three-pointers, converting a four-point play on the final basket with 1:30 left to put the Lady Indians up 69-67.  The Trojans turned the ball over on their next two possessions with Kisha Long (Dallas, NC/Gaston Day) stealing away the final chance with three seconds remaining.  Dana Hicks (York, SC/Gaston Day) salted the game away with a pair of free throws with a tick on the clock.

Ivanovic scored a season-high 26 points to pace Catawba.  She went 6-of-14 from behind the arc.  Hicks was near her averages as she collected another double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds.  Elizabeth Merritt (Lexington, NC/E. Davidson HS) added 11 points and eight boards.

Anderson placed five players in double figures with Alissa Diaz and Alexa Neal leading the way with 11 each.  Amanda Parris, Breonda Shannon and Maci Siniard all scored 10 points.  The Trojans shot 61% in the second half, but suffered 11 of their 17 turnovers after the break.

The Trojans led early, hitting a three-pointer to open the game and building the margin to as many as nine at 15-6.  Catawba stayed within single digits and grabbed its first lead inside the final minute of the half on an Ivanovic free throw at 34-33.  Anderson regained the lead on free throws by Neal in the final seconds.

Hicks gave Catawba a 41-40 edge early in the second, but the Trojans scored nine straight to take control, which was capped by a three-pointer by Diaz with 14 minutes to play.  Diaz added two straight from behind the arc to give Anderson its double-digit edge at 63-53 with 6:44 remaining.  Catawba held the Trojans to four points the rest of the way.

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