Basketball (W)

Late Surge Pushes Women's Basketball Past LMU

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HARROGATE, TN -- After leading for much of the game, Catawba had to rally back late in the contest to claim a 60-56 win over host Lincoln Memorial in South Atlantic Conference women's basketball action on Saturday night at Turner Arena.  The Catawba Indians improve to 16-10 overall and 12-6 in the SAC while securing the #3 spot for the upcoming league tournament and will host Tusculum on Wednesday at 7 p.m.  The Lady Railsplitters fall to 14-14 and 7-11.

Lincoln Memorial trailed by as many as 10 early in the second half before taking a 41-40 edge on a jumper by Kalasia Green with just under 11 minutes to play.  The Lady Railsplitters stretched the margin to 51-45  with 4:34 left. 

Down six, Catawba took over and reeled off 12 consecutive points to lead 57-51 with 31 seconds remaining.  Taylor May (China Grove, NC/S. Rowan HS) started the comeback with a jumper and a pair of free throws.  Antoinette McPhail (Timmonsville, SC/Darlington HS/Paine) put the Lady Indians back on top as she connected on a three-pointer after a LMU turnover to make the score 52-51 with 3:24 to go.

Following another turnover, McPhail finished off a three-point play with 1:04 left to make it 55-51.  MaRanda Boddie made it interesting with a three-point play that cut the Catawba lead in half at 57-54 with 21 seconds remaining, but Chloe Bully (Hannut, BELGIUM/KOL Landen) made two free throws with 19 seconds left and McPhail another with 11 ticks remaining to secure the win.

Bully led Catawba with 22 points.  May added 10 points, while McPhail scored nine points and grabbed 10 rebounds.  Kelsey Bradford led LMU with 16 points and Green followed with 13.  Boddie posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Catawba won despite a horrid shooting night where it made just 21 of 77 shots (27.3%).  The Lady Indians did can 12-of-15 at the line and enjoyed a huge advantage in turnovers, making just eight compared to 21 by the Lady Railsplitters.

With Catawba struggling to score, LMU took an early 10-4 lead, but a 15-0 run gave the Lady Indians a lead they would not relinquish until the final 10 minutes.

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