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Women's Basketball Keeps Pace With League-Leaders After Throttling Mars Hill

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MARS HILL, NC – Catawba’s Taylor May (China Grove, NC/S. Rowan HS) led the attack, scoring 17 points to lead the Lady Indians to a 78-44 onslaught over host Mars Hill in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Wednesday night at Stanford Arena.  Catawba remains tied in third place in the SAC with Newberry (18-7, 10-5 SAC) as they improve to 14-9 overall and 10-5 in the SAC.  The Lions fall to 5-18 and 2-13. 

With the win, the Lady Indians remain in solid position to host a first round game of the South Atlantic Conference Tournament.  Catawba holds a three game lead over fifth-place teams, Carson-Newman, Tusculum and Lincoln Memorial with three games remaining.

 With 10:12 remaining in the first half, coming out of a media timeout, Catawba led the Lions 17-14 before going on a decisive 27-12 run to close out the half.  May paced the team going into halftime with 12 of her 17 points. 

In the second half, both teams exchanged baskets for most of the period.  With 6:45 remaining in the game Catawba held a 60-40 advantage before ending the game with an 18-4 run.

Chloe Bully (Hannut, BELGIUM/Namur) added 13 points and Antoinette McPhail (Timmonsville, SC/Darlington/Paine) posted 12 of her own to assist May as double digit scorers for the Lady Indians.  May shot 6-of-9 from the floor, while Bully and McPhail went 5-for-12.  All but one Catawba player scored in the game.  As a team the Lady Indians shot an outstanding 50.9% (29-57) from the floor and added 17-of-20 (85.0%) from the charity stripe.

Cadence Wilmoth paced the Lions offense as the only player to reach double digit scoring with 11, while adding five rebounds and two blocks in the process. 

Catawba returns to SAC play on Saturday as they host Newberry at Goodman Gym at 2:00 p.m.

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