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Women's Basketball Notches Third Straight Win Behind McPhail's Double-Double


SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba got another double-double from Antoinette McPhail (Timmonsville, SC/Darlington HS/Paine) and held visiting Barton scoreless over the final six and half minutes to post a 59-53 victory in women’s basketball action at the Comfort Suites Classic on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym.  The Catawba Indians improve to 3-2 with their third straight win, while the Bulldogs fall to 1-2.

McPhail scored 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting and added a dozen rebounds to pace the Lady Indians.  Chloe Bully (Hannut, BELGIUM/KOL Landen) also tossed in 16 points and handed out six assists.  Elizabeth Merritt (Lexington, NC/E. Davidson HS) also reached double figures, scoring 11 points and pulling down eight boards.

Nyesha Willie (Virginia Beach, VA) led all scorers with 21 points for Barton.  She had 14 points in the opening half, canning four three-pointers.  Willie hit on her first five attempts from behind the arc, finishing 5-of-6.  Shante Neal (Spring Hope, NC), Jolanda Mitchell (Raleigh, NC) and Janae Jackson (Fort Belvoir, VA) all chipped in with six points.

Catawba led much of the tight first half, leading by six on several occasions before settling for a 36-32 lead at the break.  The Bulldogs tied the game several times in the second half before finally retaking the lead at 48-46 on a layup by Willie with 9:57 remaining.  It marked the first Barton lead since holding a 19-18 edge at the 12:10 mark of the opening half.

McPhail twice gave the Lady Indians leads, but Willie answered the first Catawba lead with a three-pointer and Jackson pushed the Bulldogs up 53-52 with 6:56 remaining.  Jackson had three chances to extend the lead at the line, but after those misses, Bully put Catawba up for good when she drilled a three-pointer with 4:54 left.

The would be the last field goal by either team, but the Lady Indians stretched the lead on two free throws by McPhail with 1:16 remaining and two more from Merritt with only 15 seconds to go.  Catawba was a perfect 13-of-13 from the line, setting a record for the most made free throws without a miss in school history.  The previous best was 10 against Wingate in 1985.  

Both teams were red hot at the start.  In the opening 11 minutes, Catawba canned 10-of-14 shots (71%), while the Bulldogs hit on 10-of-17 (59%).  After that, Catawba shot just 28% (10-of-35) and Barton 25% (11-of-44).  The Lady Indians managed a 40-34 edge on the boards, but Barton committed seven less turnover, 12 to 19.

Earlier in the day, Lenoir-Rhyne picked up its second win of the Classic, topping JC Smith 60-46.  Next up for Catawba is Wingate as the Lady Indians open league play on Wednesday at Goodman Gym.  The women tip at 6 p.m. and the men around 8 p.m.

newsMcPhail Named Catawba College Athlete of the Week (11/26/12)

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