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Women's Basketball Season Ends With Loss At Wingate


WINGATE, NC -- Catawba could not overcome a poor second-half start and had its season ended at Wingate in a 68-62 loss in the opening round of the 2011 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament on Wednesday night at Cuddy Arena.  The Bulldogs, seeded #2, improve to 18-9 and advance to a Saturday semifinal.  The seventh-seeded Catawba Indians end their season at 15-14.

Catawba led by one at the half, but scored only two points over the first eight minutes of the second half to fall behind 40-27.  The Lady Indians still trailed by 13 with just under five minutes to play and got as close as four in the closing seconds, but Sarah Wollett hit two free throws for Wingate with 16 seconds to go to ice the win with the game’s final points.

Dana Hicks (York, SC/Gaston Day) closed the season with her 21st double-double of the year, finishing with 17 points and 16 rebounds.  Milica Ivanovic (Belgrade, SERBIA/Sports High/Bethel) led Catawba with 18 points and added five boards.

Wollett led all scorers as she paced Wingate with 21 points and dished out four assists.  Kurie Washington added 10 points and five rebounds.  The Bulldogs, who shot 27% in the first half, canned 52% in the second half and also held a 45-34 edge on the boards.

Wollett helped the Bulldogs to an early 20-11 lead when she nailed a three-pointer with 11:15 remaining in the opening half.  Chantal Dunbar’s jumper had Wingate up 22-15 with 10:04 to go, but the Bulldogs scored just two points the rest of the half and none over the final 6:46 as the Lady Indians rallied.

Catawba took the lead right before the break on a jumper by Elizabeth Merritt (Lexington, NC/E. Davidson HS) with five ticks on the clock.  The Lady Indians also shot just 27% in the first half.  Three-pointers by Wollett and Washington keyed a 10-0 run by the Bulldogs to start the second half.

The loss marked the seventh straight year that Catawba has lost its opening round SAC Tournament game.  The Lady Indians have not won since claiming the title in 2004.

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