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Women's Basketball Can't Find Shooting Touch and Comes Up Short vs. Livingstone

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SALISBURY, NC -- Livingstone rallied from a 12-point deficit in the second half to post a 58-55 win over host Catawba in women’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym.  The Lady Blue Bears even their record at 4-4, while the Catawba Indians fall to 4-2.

Catawba struggled with its field goal shooting all day, but went on top 39-27 with just under 14 minutes to play after Jelena Ciric (Belgrade,SERBIA/Carlisle(VA)/Miami-Dade CC) and Janna Dixon (Advance, NC/W. Forsyth HS) canned back-to-back three-pointers.  Livingstone chipped away at the Catawba advantage and grabbed the lead 44-43 on a layup by Cierra York (Winston-Salem, NC) with 7:52 remaining.

Dixon gave the Lady Indians one last lead at 47-46 with 6:52 left, buy Ashley Walker (Washington, DC) put Livingstone on top for good at 48-47 with 5:24 to play.  Down four, Zhaquondalee Greer (Greensboro, NC/Academy at Smith HS/Charleston So.) converted a three-point to play at the 1:47 mark to bring Catawba within a point. 

York hit a pair of free throws for Livingstone and Tiffany Evans (Durham, NC) sank a jumper with 37 seconds left to put the Lady Blue Bears up 57-53.  Chloe Bully (Hannut, BELGIUM/KOL Landen) answered with a layup and then got a steal on a tie-up on the inbounds play with 25 seconds left.  Catawba would turn the ball back over to Livingstone and Walker hit one free throw.  Bully missed on a three-point attempt in the final seconds. 

York scored a game-high 20 points for Livingstone.  Evans tossed in 10 points, while Wende Foster (Detroit, MI) grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked five shots.  Greer led Catawba with 15 points with Antoinette McPhail (Timmonsville, SC/Darlington HS/Paine) posting 10 points and eight rebounds.

Catawba shot just 25%, making 16-of-65 attempts.  The Lady Indians stayed in the game at the line where they made 19-of-22 opportunities (86%).  Livingstone was 13-of-24 (54%) at the line.

Livingstone managed just 27% shooting in the first half, but canned 60% (15-of-25) in the final 20 minutes.  That helped offset 19 turnovers to Catawba’s 12.  The Lady Blue Bears also held a 47-41 edge on the boards.

Catawba returns to conference action on Saturday as the Lady Indians travel to Carson-Newman in a battled of league unbeatens.

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