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Women's Basketball Wins Second Straight

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SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba put four players in double figures and claimed a 73-65 win over Johnson C. Smith in women’s basketball action at the Comfort Suites Classic on Friday night at Goodman Gym.  The Catawba Indians even their record at 2-2, while the Golden Bulls fall to 0-3.

Chloe Bully (Hannut, BELGIUM/KOL Landen) led the way with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Elizabeth Merritt (Lexington, NC/E. Davidson HS) added 16 points and six boards.  Antoinette McPhail (Timmonsville, SC/Darlington HS/Paine) posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Quaneasia Coleman (Duluth, GA/Northview HS) collected 11 points.

Brittany Dorsett (Winston-Salem, NC) led JC Smith with 14 points.  Karnina Bunch (Vicksburg, MS) tallied a dozen points with four assists, while Briya Dancer (Duncanville, TX) followed with 10 points.

Catawba trailed 26-22 following a three-pointer by Dancer at the 4:56 mark of the opening half, but the Lady Indians got a basket by McPhail and two layups by Bully to go up 28-26.  Bully and Mallary Clay (Lansing, NC/Ashe Co. HS) pushed the Catawba lead to 34-28.  Bunch drew the Golden Bulls to within 34-30 at the break on a layup in the final seconds.

A three-pointer by Coleman gave Catawba a 39-30 edge early in the second half.  JC Smith twice rallied from a double-digit deficit to claw within a point.  Trailing 49-41, the Golden Bulls ran off seven straight points to close the gap to 49-48 with 11:25 left. 

Bully was able to score consecutive baskets to put the Lady Indians up 53-48.  That started a 16-6 run that was capped on a McPhail jumper for a 65-54 edge with 2:42 remaining.  JCSU cut the margin to 69-63 inside the final 15 seconds, but Bully and Merritt each canned a pair from the line to ice the issue.

Catawba shot 44% from the field and went 17-of-20 (85%) at the line.  JCSU connected on 39% from the field and made 5-of-7 at the stripe.  Catawba also held a 43-34 edge on the glass. 

In the opening game of the Classic, Lenoir-Rhyne posted to a 64-52 win over Barton.  L-R will open play on Saturday against JC Smith at 2 p.m.  Catawba will tangle with Barton at 4 p.m.

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