Basketball (W)

Women's Basketball earns split in two OT games at Bellarmine Tournament

LOUISVILLE, KY — Catawba’s women’s basketball team earned a split in a pair of overtime games at the United Electric Tipoff Tournament, hosted by Bellarmine University on Friday and Saturday. Catawba opened on Friday with an 86-82 win over Fayetteville State, then fell to host Bellarmine in the championship game 99-90 on Saturday. Catawba needed a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Lynn Morancie to force overtime against Fayetteville State. The Lady Indians got off to a strong 11-6 start, marking the biggest lead of the half, and held a 41-38 edge at the break. Danyel Locklear pumped in 12 of her 16 points in the opening frame. An eight point run, capped by consecutive baskets by Isiaette Darden, put the Lady Indians up 62-51 with 7:53 remaining, but fouls would begin to mount for Catawba at that point. The Lady Broncos converted on 7-of-8 free throws over the ensuing two minutes and cut the deficit to one at 64-63 after a three-pointer by Timeka Lawson. Catawba would hold the lead until Lawson added back-to-back three’s to give Fayetteville at 71-69 lead with 2:26 remaining. Locklear tied the game with a pair of free throws with a minute to play, but Fayetteville added two at the stripe for a 73-71 lead at the 42 second mark. Catawba failed to score on its next possession and Locklear foul out with three second left, sending Alicia Clarke to the line. Clarke converted the second of two attempts for a 74-71 lead before Morancie hit the tying three-pointer at the buzzer. Dorthell Little would pick up her fifth foul early in the extra period, but a three-pointer by Darden gave the Lady Indians a 79-77 lead. Kendall Prescott put Catawba up 83-82 on a jumper with 27 seconds remaining and converted a pair of free throws with five seconds to play to ice the issue. Morance finished with 30 points to lead Catawba, while Locklear and Little had double-doubles. Locklear added 11 rebounds to her 16 points, while Little had 11 points and 11 boards. On Saturday, Catawba and Bellarmine battled in a tight contest for most of the opening half before the Knights pulled out to a seven-point lead in the final four minutes. A layup by Morancie at the end of the half pulled the Lady Indians within five at 36-31 at the break. Catawba fell behind 47-33 early in the second half, but pulled within four at 55-51 with 11 minutes to play. The Knights would move on top by 11 following a three-pointer by Laura Voegele with 7:33 left and led by eight at 71-63 with just over five minutes remaining. A jumper by Marancie and baskets by Little and Locklear pulled Catawba within 72-69 with 3:42 to play and a pair of free throws by Locklear cut the margin to 76-74 with 1:19 left. Freshman Selia Monroe had a steal and layup to tie the score at 78-78 with 46 seconds left, then hit one of two free throws to put the Lady Indians ahead at 79-78 with 40 seconds to play. Nickie Randall converted a three-point play for Bellarmine for an 81-79 lead with 31 seconds remaining, but Ashley Cox sent the game to overtime with a short jumper with five seconds left. Bellarmine never trailed in the overtime. Catawba trailed 84-83 after a jumper by Little, but a 9-2 run by the hosts gave the Knights a 93-85 lead with 2:22 left. Cox cut the deficit to 95-90 on a three-pointer, but that was as close as Catawba would get. Catawba was outrebounded 51-37 and saw Bellarmine cash in on 44-of-52 free throw tries as four of Catawba’s starters fouled out. Locklear had 19 points and eight points for Catawba, while Little posted a second double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Monroe had 13 points, five steals and four assists off the bench. Morancie, who had 15 points on Saturday, earned all-tournament honors with Locklear. #####

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