Basketball (W)

Women's Basketball Loses to LMU as Hicks and Long Set Milestones


HARROGATE, TN -- Catawba let a 19-point second-half lead slip away in dropping a 66-63 South Atlantic Conference decision to Lincoln Memorial University Saturday night at Turner Arena. The Lady Indians fall to 14-6 overall and 9-3 in the SAC, while the Railsplitters improve to 10-10 and 5-7.

Nisha Long (Dallas, NC/Gaston Day HS) tallied her 1000th point of her career in the second half on a layup a minute and a half in. She would finish with 14 points and three assists.

Dana Hicks (York, SC/Gaston Day HS) pulled down her 1000th rebound of her career at the 2:25 mark in the first half off an LMU missed shot. Her 16 points and 16 rebounds was her 50th double-double of her career, setting a new school record. She is only the second Catawba player to have 1000 points and 1000 rebounds during their career behind Stephanie McCormick which accomplished the feat in 1990-94. McCormick also had the 49 double-doubles that Hicks surpassed.

The Lady Indians were down 64-60 with ten seconds remaining when Lauren Lewis (Concord, NC/N. Mecklenburg HS) was fouled shooting a three. She made all three cutting the deficit to one as Catawba fouled on the inbounds to stop the clock.

The Railsplitters Dayshalee Salaman would miss the first try but got her own rebound and was fouled by Taylor May (China Grove, NC/S. Rowan HS). Salaman made both free throws pushing the lead to three as Long would miss a long three to end the game.

The Lady Indians had led 48-29 at the 15:28 mark on a jumper by Jolysa Connor (Charlotte, NC/E.E. Waddell HS), but the Railsplitters came roaring back behind long-range shooting.

Ralissa Nelson aided the LMU resurgence by making three of the five Railsplitter three-pointers during the stretch as they went on a 27-8 run. Nelson’s last three with a little over five minutes to go would tie it at 56. The Lady Indians committed four costly turnovers that led to transition points as the Railsplitters applied pressure.

Catawba was ahead 35-25 at the break despite shooting just under 30% and only making 2-of-11 three-point shots. Lincoln Memorial shot poorly as well knocking down just 9-of-31 attempts from the floor and 4-of-9 from the line.

The Lady Indians were stellar from the line going 11-for-12 in the first half while committing only four turnovers.

Catawba took the lead from the Railsplitters at 14-13 on a jumper by Elizabeth Merritt (Lexington, NC/E. Davidson HS) and proceeded to go on a 13-1 run to jump out in front. A jumper plus a free throw from Hicks with 6:43 remaining put the Lady Indians up 27-14.

LMU’s Karina Weiland canned a trey fourth four seconds to go to narrow the deficit to 10.
Nelson and Lauren Cochran both had 14 points to lead the Railsplitters. Cochran had eight rebounds while Nelson grabbed five.

The Lady Indians entertain the Brevard Tornados on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 6 pm at Goodman Gym.

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