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Women's Basketball Snaps 12-Game Slide vs. Tusculum With 65-56 Win

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SALISBURY, NC -- Taylor May (China Grove, NC/S. Rowan HS) and Antoinette McPhail (Timmonsville, SC/Darlington HS/Paine) combined for 42 points to help host Catawba to a 65-56 win over Tusculum in South Atlantic Conference women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym.  The Catawba Indians snap a 12-game losing streak to the Pioneers and improve to 7-5 overall and 3-1 in the SAC.  Tusculum falls to 8-4 and 2-2.

May scored a career-high 22 points, canning 9-of-12 shots, and added seven rebounds to propel the Lady Indians.  McPhail added 20 and seven rebounds, while Chloe Bully (Hannut, BELGIUM/KOL Landen) scored 14 points and dished out seven assists.
 
Ashley Thurman (Nashville, TN) posted a double-double with 10 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for the Pioneers, who attempted 16 more shots than the Indians but shot 37.3 percent (25-for-67) from the field. Jama Hammontree (Greenback, TN) had a team-high 11 points for the Pioneers.  Kendal Baxter (Sevierville, TN), who leads the SAC in three-pointers, did not score as she misfired on all eight of her shots, including six from behind the arc.
 
 The game was tightly contested with 13 ties and 14 lead changes in the game, including 10 lead changes in the second half alone. Neither team led by more than five points until the Indians made seven free throws in the final minute to set the final margin.
 
Tusculum went on top 37-36 with 13:31 left which started a stretch of six consecutive possessions the produced a lead change.  The Pioneers took their final lead of the game at 50-49 on a free throw by Hammontree with 6:25 remaining, but May followed with a layup and Bully a three-pointer to give Catawba a 54-50 lead with 4:20 to play.

May got a big second-chance bucket with 1:34 left and the Lady Indians made seven-of-eight at the line in the final 33 seconds to ice the win.  Catawba shot 52% in the opening half and finished at 45% against the league's

Catawba is on the road for both games next week, starting off at league-leading Lenoir-Rhyne (4-0 in SAC play) on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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