Basketball (W)

Cox helps lead Women's Basketball to tourney title

The Catawba women claimed the championship of the Arrowhead Clinic Tournament on Sunday, defeating host Clayton State 59-53. The Lady Indians had defeated Albany State 70-51 on Saturday and now stand 6-3 on the season. Tournament MVP, Ashley Cox, scored 13 of her 19 points in the final half against Clayton in the championship game to help the Lady Indians rally from a 25-23 deficit at the break. Catawba used an 8-0 run in the early stages of the second half to gain its margin. Cox had the last four points in the spurt that gave Catawba a 41-35 lead with 13:15 remaining. The Lady Indians would build its lead to eight at 50-42 with 7:59 left after a free throw by Cox, but saw Clayton State pull within 52-50 on two free throws by Ashley Powell with 2:14 left. Danyel Locklear would hit a jumper, while Dorthell Little, who earned all-tournament honors, had a block and steal to help the Lady Indians regain a 58-51 lead after a pair of free throws by Lynn Morancie with 32 seconds left. Catawba had jumped out to a 10-3 lead at the outset and held a 20-11 advantage with 6:27 in the opening half before going cold. Six missed shots and seven turnovers allowed Clayton a 10-0 run to grab a 21-20 lead with 2:41 before the break. The Lady Indians shot just 33% for the game, but help force 34 Lady Laker turnovers. Locklear added 12 points and nine rebounds to follow Cox in the scoring, while Moranice had 10 points and Little added 11 rebounds. Catreia Shaw led all scorers with 21 points and 13 rebounds for Clayton State, who dropped to 6-2 on the year. On Saturday, against Albany State, Locklear posted a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Lady Indians. Catawba never trailed and used a 12-2 run early in the opening half to break away from an 8-8 tie. Albany trimmed the deficit to 24-22 with 8:23 before the half, but the Lady Indians closed the half on a 14-2 run to lead 42-27 at the break. Locklear had 13 of her points before the break as Catawba held Albany to 31% shooting and forced 16 turnovers. Catawba extended its lead to 19 in the opening five minutes of the final half, capping a 19-3 on a jumper by Morancie with 15:52 remaining. Albany never got closer than a dozen points the rest of the way. No other Lady Indian reached double figures, but Little had nine points and a dozen rebounds. Cox had seven points, eight assists and seven steals. Catawba finished the game shooting 46% from the field, while Albany struggled at just 30% and had 28 miscues. Cyndie Smith led Albany, who fell to 3-8, with 17 points. #####

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