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Hicks Named Women's Basketball Player of the Week, #7-seed Lady Indians to Face Wingate on Wednesday


ROCK HILL, SC -- Catawba's Dana Hicks (York, SC/Gaston Day) has been named the final South Atlantic Conference women's basketball Player of the Week for 2010-11.  It was for the week ending February 27 and was announced by the league office on Monday.  Hicks will lead the seventh-seeded Lady Indians into the league tournament which begins on Wednesday.

Hicks, a junior center, helped Catawba split a pair of games last week, averaging 26 points and 13 rebounds.  In a losing effort at Mars Hill the junior hit on 8-of-11 shots and 11-of-13 free throws to total 27 points, while pulling down seven rebounds. 

In the win over Newberry to close the regular season, Hicks scored 25 points and grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds. She hit on 8-of-12 shots and 9-of-11 at the line. She also posted four steals, including three in Newberry's first four possessions to help the Lady Indians build a 7-0 lead it never gave up. Hicks had 16 points in the first half as Catawba opened up a 41-27 edge.

For the week, Hicks shot nearly 70 percent (16-of-23) from the field and canned 83 percent (20-of-24) from the line. The double-double was Hicks' 20th of the season.

Catawba opens tournament play at Wingate, the #2-seed, and are looking for their first tourney win since taking the title in 2004.  Catawba traveled to Wingate for a first round game in 2008, falling by two points.

Quarterfinal winners advance to the tournament semifinals, which will be held at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, N.C. on Saturday, with games at Noon and 2:30 p.m.  The Tusculum vs. Anderson winner will face the Newberry vs. Mars Hill winner at noon.  The Wingate vs. Catawba winner will face the Lenoir-Rhyne vs. Carson-Newman winner at 2:30 p.m.  Sunday’s women’s championship will be at 2 p.m.  The winner of the women’s tournament will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II playoffs.

Tickets for quarterfinal games are $6 for adults, $3 for children, students and college students with ID. Tickets for semifinal and championship rounds are $10 for adults and $5 for children, students and college students with ID.  Fans showing the Food Lion MVP card can save $1 off the price of an adult ticket for the quarterfinals ($5 with Food Lion MVP card) and the semifinals and championship ($9 with Food Lion MVP card).

Wednesday, March 2
Food Lion SAC Tournament, Quarterfinals, Home of Higher Seed
No. 8 Anderson at No. 1 Tusculum, 7 pm
No. 7 Catawba at No. 2 Wingate, 6 pm
No. 6 Carson-Newman at No. 3 Lenoir-Rhyne, 7 pm
No. 5 Mars Hill at No. 4 Newberry, 6 pm

Saturday, March 5
Food Lion SAC Tournament, Semifinals, CVCC Arena, Hickory, NC
Anderson/Tusculum winner vs. Mars Hill/Newberry winner, Noon
Catawba/Wingate winner vs. Carson-Newman/Lenoir-Rhyne winner, 2:30 pm

Sunday, March 6
Food Lion SAC Tournament Championship, CVCC Arena, Hickory, NC
Semifinal winners, 2 pm

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