Basketball (W)

Long Leads Big Second-Half Rally for Women's Basketball in 79-75 Win Over LMU


SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba overcame a 19-point deficit in the second half to grab a 79-75 victory over visiting Lincoln Memorial in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym.  The Catawba Indians improve to 3-4 and 1-1 in the SAC, while the Lady Railsplitters fall to 4-4 and 1-1. 

Catawba trailed 58-39 with just over 14 minutes to play, but rode 22 second-half points from Nisha Long (Dallas, NC/Gaston Day) to steal the win.  After MaRanda Boddie (Springfield, OH) answered the first of Long’s five second-half three-pointers, the senior connected again from long range which ignited a 21-3 run over a five minute span by the Lady Indians to bring Catawba within 62-61 with 9:07 remaining.  Elizabeth Merritt (Lexington, NC/E. Davidson HS), Chloe Bully (Hannut, BELGIUM/KOL Landen) and Lauren Lewis (Concord, NC/N. Mecklenburg HS) also had three-pointers in the run for Catawba.

Lincoln Memorial held on to the lead for the next five minutes before Catawba took its first lead since the opening minutes on a pair of free throws by Merritt with 4:16 left.  Dayshalee Salaman (Carolina, PUERTO RICO) twice hit layups to give LMU the lead back, but Long’s layin with 1:10 remaining put Catawba up for good at 76-75.  Dana Hicks (York, SC/Gaston Day) hit two free throws to stretch the margin to 78-75 with 22 seconds left and Long iced the game with a free throw with nine second to play.

Long finished with a career-high 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting, going 6-of-12 from behind the arc.  Hicks had a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Bully and Merritt also reached double figures with 15 and 10 points, respectively.

Salaman led Lincoln Memorial with 18 points and handed out seven assists.  Ralissa Nelson (Janesville, WI) followed with 16 points and Lauren Cochran (Autryville, NC) added 14.  Amberly O’Dell (Argos, IN) rounded out the double-digit scorers for LMU as she had a dozen points and grabbed eight rebounds.

LMU rode a hot hand to take a 40-29 lead the break, hitting on nine of its 11 three-pointers in the first 20 minutes.  Catawba shot just 24% in the opening half.  The Lady Railsplitters built a 25-20 lead to as many as 16 points in the final seven minutes of the opening half.


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