January 16, 2013
Women's Basketball Falls to Lenoir-Rhyne in Battle for First Place
HICKORY, NC -- Lenoir-Rhyne scored the first eight points and went on to take a 62-48 victory over visiting Catawba in South Atlantic Conference women's basketball action on Wednesday night at Shuford Gym. The Bears improve to 10-3 overall and remain the lone unbeaten in league play at 5-0. The Catawba Indians fall to 7-6 and 3-2.
The Bears took advantage of a cold shooting night by Catawba (5-of-28 in the first half) and never trailed., leading 26-12 at the break. Danielle Bongiorno sank a three-pointer seven minutes into the second half to push the Lenoir-Rhyne advantage to 42-19.
Catawba tried to fight back. Trailing 44-27 with just over nine minutes to play, the Lady Indians went on a 13-2 run to cut the margin to 46-40 with 6:24 remaining after a three-point play by Quaneasia Coleman (Duluth, GA/Northview HS). Lenoir-Rhyne weathered the storm, connecting on 8-of-10 at the line in the final 1:36 to secure the win.
Bongiorno led the Bears with 15 points, while Nneka Awuruonye posted a bouble-double with 11 points and a dozen rebounds. Jazmine Charles tossed in 13 points. Chloe Bully (Hannut, BELGIUM/KOL Landen) scored 14 points to pace Catawba. Elizabeth Merritt (Lexington, NC/E. Davidson HS) followed with 11 points.
Catawba hit on just 30% (17-of-56) from the field and went 5-of-20 (25%) from behind the arc. The Bears hit on 43% of its shots and held a 45-31 edge on the boards.
Catawba is back on the road Saturday, traveling to Newberry for a 2 p.m. tip at Eleazer Arena.
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