Basketball (W)

Women's Basketball Fends Off Late Rally to Top Lenoir-Rhyne


SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba College held off a Lenoir-Rhyne comeback to pull out a 64-59 South Atlantic Conference victory at Goodman Gym Wednesday night. With the loss the Bears fall to 12-4 overall and 4-3 in the SAC as the Lady Indians move their record to 10-5 and 5-2.

Despite shooting just 18% in the second half and outrebounded 66-50 for the game, Catawba managed to cling to an ever-shrinking lead in the last ten minutes to claim the conference win.

Behind 52-33 after a Chloe Bully (Hannut, BELGIUM/Namur HS) three-pointer with 9:44 left, Lenoir-Rhyne mounted a slow, methodical comeback. The Bears only shot 24% in the second half but it was enough to catch up to the Lady Indians who sunk only five field goals themselves in the half.

Lenoir-Rhyne started its full-court press and forced Catawba into some hasty turnovers which led to quick layups for the Bears. A jumper by Lenoir-Rhyne’s Taylor Johnson at the 3:46 mark made it 58-50.

The last Lady Indian basket would come with 5:52 remaining on a jumper by Jolysa Connor (Charlotte, NC/E.E. Waddell HS) but Catawba produced just enough offense through made free throws down the stretch to polish off the Bears.

Catawba shot a sub-par 15-for-26 from the line for the contest but Nisha Long’s (Dallas, NC/Gaston Day HS) pair with six seconds to go were the two that mattered most. Lenoir-Rhyne didn’t fare much better from the charity stripe, making 15-of-27.

The Lady Indians had a commanding 41-23 lead at the break thanks to hot shooting from Bully and the opposite from Lenoir-Rhyne, hitting only ten shots overall and one from behind the arc. Bully led Catawba with 18 points and four three-pointers.

Two three-pointers and a mid-range jumper by Bully helped put Catawba up 10-0 just three-and-a-half minutes in.  Bully’s layup off a Long steal at the 6:24 mark had the Lady Indians up 31-8 as Catawba continued to capitalize off 10 first-half Bear turnovers.

A layup by the Bear’s Cameron Sealey with 1:43 remaining cut the deficit to 17 at 35-18. Catawba responded with baskets by Long and Jolysa Connor (Charlotte, NC/E.E. Waddell HS) that would put the Lady Indians up 20 before a last-second Alexis Katt layup off an inbounds pass ended the half.

Long contributed 16 points and four assists on the night while Dana Hicks (York, SC/Gaston Day HS) came back from injury and pulled down 14 rebounds and netted 10 points.

Whitley Culler led Lenoir-Rhyne with 17 points as teammate Jazmine Charles had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Culler also had nine rebounds.

The Lady Indians continue in SAC play at home against Newberry on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 2 pm.

Box Score

Today's Events

Track/Field @ Wake Forest Invitational (Day 1),
Swimming @ Lenoir-Rhyne,
Basketball (W) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL, 2:00AudioVideoStats
Basketball (M) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL, 4:00AudioVideoStats


«January 2018»
January 3

Basketball (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 76-70

Basketball (M) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 63-85

January 5

Swimming MEN vs. ASHLAND 84-117

Swimming WOMEN vs. ASHLAND 102-95

January 6

Swimming Women @ Limestone 103-142

Swimming Men @ Limestone 104-136

Basketball (W) @ Carson-Newman 60-88

Basketball (M) @ Carson-Newman 75-101

January 10

Basketball (W) vs. COKER 55-52

Basketball (M) vs. COKER 77-71

January 12

Swimming WOMEN vs. BARTON 141-90

Swimming MEN vs. BARTON 131-89

January 13

Basketball (W) vs. MARS HILL  80-56

Basketball (M) vs. MARS HILL 83-68

January 18

Basketball (W) vs. NEWBERRY 65-73

Basketball (M) vs. NEWBERRY 87-92

January 20

Swimming @ Lenoir-Rhyne 

Track/Field @ Wake Forest Invitational (Day 1) 

Basketball (W) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 2 p.m.

Basketball (M) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 4 p.m.

January 21

Track/Field @ Wake Forest Invitational (Day 2)

January 24

Basketball (W) vs. QUEENS 6 p.m.

Basketball (M) vs. QUEENS 8 p.m.

January 26

Track/Field @ Finn Pincus Invitational (Day 1)

January 27

Track/Field @ Finn Pincus Invitational (Day 2)

Basketball (W) @ Tusuclum 2 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Tusculum 4 p.m.

January 31

Basketball (W) @ Wingate 6 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Wingate 8 p.m.

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Basketball (M) Team Photo