Basketball (W)

Women's Basketball Sees Season End With First Round Tourney Loss


SALISBURY, NC -- Tusculum dominated the boards as the sixth-seeded Pioneers upset third-seeded Catawba 53-47 in overtime in a first round game of the 2013 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament on Wednesday night at Goodman Gym.  The Pioneers improve to 15-12 and will advance to a Saturday semifinal in Greenville, SC.  The Catawba Indians end their season at 16-11.

The teams swapped the lead a dozen times and Catawba had a chance to win with the final shot of regulation, but Chloe Bully’s (Hannut, BELGIUM/KOL Landen) jumper in the lane was off the mark.  In overtime, the teams were tied at 47-all before the Pioneers scored the final six points.

The key shot in the extra period was a three-pointer by Kendal Baxter with 58 seconds remaining that put the Pioneers up 52-47.  Tusculum made only 1-of-4 free throws in the final seconds, but Catawba could not close the gap.

April McCann recorded a double-double of 15 points and 18 rebounds to lead Tusculum.  Breaira Barksdale also tallied 15 points with Baxter adding 10.   Kristen McMillion pulled down 11 rebounds to help the Pioneers hold a 59-43 edge on the glass.  Of those rebounds, 22 came on the offense end.

Bully was the only Catawba player to reach double figures.  Elizabeth Merritt (Lexington, NC/E. Davidson HS) scored nine points and Quaneasia Coleman (Duluth, GA/Northview HS) totaled 11 rebounds.

Both teams struggled to score with Tusculum leading 20-19 at the break.  The Pioneers pulled ahead 38-29 with just over 11 minutes to play, but Catawba reeled off 10 straight points to take the lead.  Mallary Clay (Lansing, NC/Ashe Co. HS) put the Lady Indians up 45-43 on a three-pointer with 4:49 to go and Ashley Thurman tied it for Tusculum with two minutes left.  Both teams had chances in the final minutes before Bully missed the last shot.

Both teams shots 28.8%.  Tusculum made 21-of-73, with Catawba hitting 19-of-66.  The Pioneers outscored Catawba 16-4 in second-chance points.  Both teams committed 16 turnovers.

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