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Women's Basketball Can't Overcome Shooting Woes in Loss at Fayetteville St.


FAYETTEVILLE, NC -- Catawba suffered through a tough shooting afternoon and fell to host Fayetteville State 65-60 in women's basketball action on Sunday at Capel Arena.  The Broncos improve to 2-0, while the Catawba Indians fall to 1-1.

The Lady Indians struggled out of the gate, missing their first 14 field goal attempts.  Mallary Clay (Lansing, NC/Ashe Co. HS) finally hit the first field goal for Catawba at the 6:42 mark of the opening half to make the score 16-5.  Catawba slowly chipped away at the Bronco lead , trimming the margin to six before heading to the locker room trailing 32-24.

Fayetteville State led by 11 with just over 12 minutes left and were up 47-39 after a jumper from Amber Calvin with 10:14 to go.  Catawba then went on a 11-2 run to take its first lead of the game at 50-49 on a pair of free throws by Antoinette McPhail (Timmonsville, SC/Darlington HS/Paine) with 5:57 left.

The Broncos answered with four straight points and stayed on top the rest of the way.  Janna Dixon (Advance, NC/W. Forsyth HS) cut the deficit to 55-54 with 2:32 remaining, but Fayetteville State scored the next seven points to secure the victory.

McPhail posted a double-double for Catawba with 17 points and 13 rebounds.  Chloe Bully (Hannut, BELGIUM/KOL Landen HS) followed with 13 points and grabbed eight boards.  Clay finished with nine points.

Calvin led all scorers, leading the Broncos with 22 points and handing out five assists.  Deja Middleton added 14 points and Akysia Resper tossed in 11 points.

The Lady Indians shot just 31% (21-of-67) for the game, but stayed in the contest by dominating the boards.  Catawba held a 55-36 edge on the glass and pulled down 23 on the offensive end.  Catawba was just 1-of-17 from three-point range and committed 23 turnovers.  FSU shot 43% (24-of-56) for the game and made 5-of-12 from behind the arc.

Catawba opens conference play on Wednesday, traveling to Wingate for a 6 p.m. tip-off.

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