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Women's Basketball Withstands Rally, Gets by Wingate


SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba College survived a second-half comeback to trip up South Atlantic Conference rival Wingate 63-58 Wednesday night at Goodman Gym. The loss drops Wingate to 13-6 overall and 7-4 in the SAC, while the Lady Indians improve to 14-5 and 9-2.

The Lady Indians held a 63-52 lead on a layup by Dana Hicks (York, SC/Gaston Day HS) with 2:39 remaining and held off the Bulldogs despite a 6-0 run to end the game. The win meant a sweep of Wingate for the season and keeps Catawba alone at the top of the SAC standings.

Catawba expanded on an eight-point halftime lead and led 44-33 at the 14:35 mark with a Hicks jumper. The Bulldogs clawed back in the game through full-court pressure which caused 10 second-half Catawba turnovers.

Wingate went on an 11-2 run over the next four minutes and came within two at 46-44 on a Simone Rutledge layup with 9:31 left.

Catawba found ball security with it in the hands of senior guard Nisha Long (Dallas, NC/Gaston Day HS) as she dribbled around and through the Bulldog press to find open teammates or to drive and shoot point-blank shots. Long scored 10 of her 15 points in the second stanza and dished out five assists.

A three-point play by Hicks with 4:05 to go pushed the Lady Indian advantage to 59-48, making a second Wingate rally that much harder.

Catawba led 33-25 at the half in part to lights-out shooting from long range by the Lady Indians in the first half as they went 7-for-12. Chloe Bully (Hannut, BELGIUM/Namur HS) led the charge by making 3-of-4 while Lauren Lewis (Concord, NC/N. Mecklenburg HS) made 2-of-4.

The Lady Indians jumped out to a 20-8 lead on a Maggie Sullivan (Fort Mill, SC/Charlotte Christian HS) layup 10 minutes into the game. Wingate ended the half on a 7-0 run to close the gap.

Catawba shot 45% for the game as the Bulldogs could muster only 35%.

Hicks led the Lady Indians in points and rebounds with 17 and 17. Bully finished with 16 points. Nikki Burton led Wingate with 12 points and four assists as Kurie Washington backed her up with 10 points and four rebounds.

The Lady Indians hit the road for a SAC contest at Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 6 pm at Turner Arena.


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