Basketball (W)

Clay and Greer Key Big Road Win for Women's Basketball at Newberry


NEWBERRY, SC -- Catawba played a strong second half and knocked off host and preseason South Atlantic Conference favorite Newberry 62-50 in women’s basketball action on Tuesday night at Eleazer Arena.  The win lifts the Catawba Indians to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the SAC.  The Wolves fall to 3-2 and 1-2.

Catawba began its surge late in the first half.  Trailing 26-19 with three minutes left, the Lady Indians scored 10 straight points to take the lead.  Emily Perry was able to pull Newberry even at the break on a three-pointer at the buzzer.  Zhaquondalee Greer (Greensboro, NC/Academy at Smith HS/Charleston So.) opened the second half with a three-pointer for the Lady Indians and Catawba never trailed the rest of the way.

A three-point play from Greer, a basket by Mallary Clay (Lansing, NC/Ashe Co. HS) and a three-pointer by Janna Dixon (Advance, NC/W. Forsyth HS) in an 8-0 run pushed the lead to 42-33 with 14:57 remaining.  The Wolves closed within 46-43 on a basket by Tasia Holdorf at the 12 minute mark, but Chloe Bully (Hannut, BELGIUM/KOL Landen) answered with her lone three-pointer of the night. 

Although Catawba couldn't pull away, the Lady Indians held Newberry to just seven points over the last 11:57 following the Holdorf bucket and led 58-48 with three minutes to play.   It took the Wolves until the final minute to get Catawba to the line and Clay sank the only two needed for the final points with 56 ticks on the clock.

Clay finished with 16 points to lead Catawba, making 6-of-10 shots and adding six rebounds.  Greer canned 6-of-9 shots to account for 14 points.  Bully, Dixon and Emma Ucinski (Atlanta, GA/St. Pius X HS) all had eight points for the Lady Indians.  Bully had seven rebounds, while Antoinette McPhail (Timmonsville, SC/Darlington HS/Paine) led Catawba on the glass with eight boards.

Haylee Lepaio posted a double-double in a losing effort for Newberry.  She made 7-of-14 shots, scoring 18 points and grabbing a dozen rebounds.  Samantha Creed followed with nine points and Zara Pearson added eight points with six assists. 

Catawba struggled early with its shooting touch, but rebounded to shoot 37% (23-of-62).  Newberry cooled off to 39% for the game.  The Wolves held a 40-38 edge on the boards, but had twice as many turnovers (22 to 11) as Catawba. 

Catawba takes a few days off for Thanksgiving, but return to action on Saturday at Goodman Gym as the Lady Indians host cross-town rival Livingstone at 2 p.m.

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