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.

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April 3

Golf (M) @ Tennessee River Rumble - Day 1 (Tennessee National GC)

Tennis (W) @ JC Smith 9-0

Softball @ Newberry 5-2

Tennis (M) @ JC Smith 8-1

Softball @ Newberry 3-5

Lacrosse (M) vs. MARS HILL 11-9

April 4

Golf (M) @ Tennessee Rumble - Day 2 (Tennessee National GC) 10th of 16

Tennis (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 4-5

Tennis (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-6

Baseball vs. North Greenville (Flour Field) 5-6

April 6

Tennis (M) vs. MARS HILL 8-1

Tennis (W) vs. MARS HILL 9-0

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 18-12

Lacrosse (M) vs. LIMESTONE 11-12

April 8

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Cobbs Glen GC)

Softball @ Anderson 1-2

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

Softball @ Anderson 0-4

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

April 9

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Cobbs Glen GC)

April 10

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Cobbs Glen GC) 10th of 11

Baseball vs. MOUNT OLIVE 13-9

April 11

Softball vs WINGATE 3-4

Tennis (M) @ Coker 1-8

Tennis (W) @ Coker 4-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 9-14

Softball vs WINGATE 2-4

Lacrosse (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 11-20

April 12

Tennis (M) vs. SHAW 5-4

Tennis (W) vs. SHAW 7-2

April 13

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 3-6

April 14

Track/Field @ Phoenix Invitational

Football Spring Blue/White Game

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens 10-18

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 8-9

Lacrosse (W) @ Queens 10-16

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 13-12

April 15

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Woodcreek CC)

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 2 p.m.

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 4 p.m.

April 16

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Woodcreek CC)

April 17

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Woodcreek CC) 9th of 11

Softball @ Coker 2-3

Softball @ Coker 1-4

Baseball vs. BARTON 16-10

April 19

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 1)

April 20

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 2) M-9th; W-10th

Baseball @ Wingate 2-8

April 21

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 0-5

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 3-2

Baseball @ Wingate 9-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. TUSCULUM 13-11

Baseball @ Wingate 7-3

Lacrosse (M) vs. TUSCULUM 14-10

April 24

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round) 12-21

Lacrosse (W) vs. LINCOLM MEMORIAL (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round) 18-10

Baseball vs. UNC PEMBROKE, ccd. 5 p.m.

April 27

Baseball TBA @ SAC Tournament noon

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April 28

Softball @ SAC Tournament

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Baseball @ SAC Tournament

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April 30

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