January 29, 2014
McPhail Rallies Women's Basketball Only to Fall in Overtime at LR
HICKORY, NC -- Despite rallying from a 14-point halftime deficit, Catawba came up on the short end of a 66-65 overtime loss at Lenoir-Rhyne in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Wednesday night at Shuford Gym. The Bears improve to 14-4 overall and 9-4 in the SAC. The Catawba Indians fall to 8-9 and 6-7, losing for the fourth straight time and the second straight in overtime by a single point.
Senior Antoinette McPhail (Timmonsville,SC/Darlington HS/Paine) brought Catawba back from the halftime deficit, scoring 20 of her 22 points after the break. She completed a double-double by grabbing a dozen rebounds and also had three assists and a steal. Jada Huntley (Indian Trail, NC/Porter Ridge HS) nearly reached double figures with nine points.
Catawba held Lenoir-Rhyne to just a dozen points over the first 14 minutes of the second half, but still trailed by double figures at 50-39 with six minutes left. McPhail took charge, scoring eight straight points for the Lady Indians to cut the margin to 50-47 with 3:10 to go. The comeback was complete when Huntley sank her second three-pointer of the night to knot things at 50-all with 2:35 remaining.
Huntley put Catawba on top with a pair of free throws which was answered by two from the stripe by Lenoir-Rhyne's Jazmine Charles. McPhail gave the Lady Indians a 54-52 edge on a bucket with 28 seconds to play. Morgan Cooper forced the extra time on a jumper with 12 seconds left and Mallary Clay (Lansing, NC/Ashe Co. HS) missed at the buzzer for Catawba.
Lenoir-Rhyne scored the opening four points of overtime and never trailed. Catawba cut the deficit to a single point on a three-pointer by Emma Ucinski (Atlanta, GA/St. Pius X HS) that was answered from long range by Charles. McPhail responded with a three-point play to make it 61-60 with 2:16 left, but she would foul out five seconds later.
Down four, Janna Dixon (Advance, NC/W. Forsyth HS) missed a three-pointer for Catawba with 10 seconds left and Nneka Awuruonye iced it with a free throw with seven second remaining. Zhaquondalee Greer (Greensboro, NC/Academy at Smith/Charleston Southern) hit a three-pointer for the Lady Indians with a tenth of a second to play for the final margin.
Catawba shot just 23% in falling behind 38-24 at the half. Lenoir-Rhyne scorched the nets for 54%, but cooled to 26% in the second half as the Lady Indians rallied. Catawba shot only 32% for the game.
Charles had a big night for the Bears with 29 points. She made 10-of-15 shots, including four three-pointers. Cooper came off the bench to add 11 points.
Catawba returns home on Saturday and will host Carson-Newman at 2 p.m.
Baseball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 2-3
Softball vs LEES-McRAE 1-4
Baseball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 6-5
Softball vs LEES-McRAE 4-1
Baseball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 0-5
Lacrosse (M) vs. FLORIDA TECH 15-7
Softball @ Limestone 8-1
Softball @ Limestone 1-2
Golf (W) @ Low Country Inv - Day 1 (Crescent Pointe GC)
Golf (M) in RICHARD RENDLEMAN INV - Day 1 (CC of Salisbury)
Lacrosse (W) vs. FELICIAN 24-1
Golf (W) @ Low Country Inv - Day 2 (Crescent Pointe GC) 8th of 11
Golf (M) in RICHARD RENDLEMAN INV - Day 2 (CC of Salisbury) 2nd of 17
Baseball @ Tampa 5-9
Softball vs. KING 3-17
Softball vs. KING 2-0
Lacrosse (W) vs. CHESTNUT HILL 16-15
Baseball @ Tampa 8-12
Baseball @ Carson-Newman 5-6
Softball @ Emmanuel 2-3
Softball @ Emmanuel 2-4
Baseball @ Carson-Newman 9-3
Baseball @ Carson-Newman 5-2
Tennis (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 1-8
Tennis (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 2-7
Lacrosse (M) vs. NEWBERRY 13-9
Softball @ Southern Wesleyan 11-0
Lacrosse (W) vs. NEWBERRY 25-8
Golf (M) @ Hargett Inv - Day 1 (Monroe CC)
Golf (M) @ Hargett Inv - Day 2 (Monroe CC) 5th of 12
Baseball vs. ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 6-8
Baseball vs. INDIANA,PA 16-6
Swimming @ NCAA II Championships (Day 2 - Prelims)
Softball vs NORTH GEORGIA 0-7
Tennis (W) vs. WINGATE 0-9
Tennis (M) vs. WINGATE 1-8
Lacrosse (W) vs. INDIANA,PA 7-25
Softball vs NORTH GEORGIA 3-7
Lacrosse (M) @ Coker 14-8
Swimming @ NCAA II Championships (Day 2 - Finals)
Track/Field @ UNCC 49er Classic (Day 1)
Swimming @ NCAA II Championships (Day 3 - Prelims) 10 a.m.
Swimming @ NCAA II Championships (Day 3 - Finals) 6 p.m.
Baseball vs. TUSCULUM 1-10
Track/Field @ UNC Pembroke Braves Classic
Track/Field @ UNCC 49er Classic (Day 2)
Baseball vs. TUSCULUM 19-10
Baseball vs. TUSCULUM 13-12
Tennis (W) @ Tusculum 0-9
Softball @ Lincoln Memorial 10-6
Tennis (M) @ Tusculum 3-6
Softball @ Lincoln Memorial 7-8
Golf (M) @ NGU Inv - Day 1 (Columbia CC)
Golf (W) @ Wingate Inv - Day 1 (Rolling Hills CC)
Golf (M) @ NGU Inv - Day 2 (Columbia CC)
Golf (W) @ Wingate Inv - Day 2 (Rolling Hills CC)
Tennis (M) vs. NEWBERRY 2 p.m.
Tennis (W) vs. NEWBERRY 2 p.m.
Softball vs LENOIR-RHYNE 2 p.m.
Lacrosse (W) @ Wingate 4 p.m.
Softball vs LENOIR-RHYNE 4 p.m.
Lacrosse (M) @ Wingate 7 p.m.
Track/Field @ adidas Winthrop Invitational (Day 1)
Baseball @ Mars Hill 3 p.m.
Track/Field @ adidas Winthrop Invitational (Day 2)
Lacrosse (W) @ Lincoln Memorial noon
Baseball @ Mars Hill noon
Softball vs MARS HILL 1 p.m.
Tennis (W) vs. ANDERSON 1 p.m.
Tennis (M) vs. ANDERSON 1 p.m.
Lacrosse (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 3 p.m.
Baseball @ Mars Hill 3 p.m.
Softball vs MARS HILL 3 p.m.
Baseball @ Barton 2 p.m.
Softball vs QUEENS 2 p.m.
Tennis (W) @ Queens 2 p.m.
Tennis (M) @ Queens 2 p.m.
Softball vs QUEENS 4 p.m.
Golf (W) @ Sunoco Campbell Oil Inv - Day 1 (River Landing GC)
Lacrosse (W) @ Coker 4 p.m.
Golf (W) @ Sunoco Campbell Oil Inv - Day 2 (River Landing GC)
Tennis (M) @ Carson Newman 1:30 p.m.
Tennis (W) @ Carson Newman 1:30 p.m.
Track/Field @ Montreat Invitational (Day 1)
Softball @ Tusculum 1 p.m.
Baseball @ Anderson 2 p.m.
Softball @ Tusculum 3 p.m.
Baseball @ Anderson 5 p.m.
Track/Field @ Montreat Invitational (Day 2)
Lacrosse (W) vs. MARS HILL noon
Baseball @ Anderson 1 p.m.
Lacrosse (M) vs. MARS HILL 3 p.m.
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