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Women's Basketball Snaps Skid Behind Bully's 24 Points

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SALISBURY, NC -- Junior Chloe Bully (Hannut, BELGIUM/KOL Landen) scored 24 points to lead Catawba to a 56-47 win over visiting Carson-Newman in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym.  The Catawba Indians end a four-game slide, improving to 9-9 overall and 7-7 in the SAC.  The Lady Eagles fall to 12-8 and 9-5, dropping their third straight.

Bully was the only Lady Indian in double figures scoring nearly half of Catawba’s points.  She went 8-of-15 from the field with a trio of three-pointers.  Jada Huntley (Indian Trail, NC/Porter Ridge HS) was the next highest scorer for Catawba with seven points.

Tatum Burstrom (Maryville, TN) was the only Carson-Newman player in double figures with 10 points.  Whitney Kyle (Jefferson City, TN) scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds for the Lady Eagles.

Carson-Newman got out quickly, scoring the game’s first seven points.  Catawba responded with a 9-0 run and the teams remained close the rest of the half.  The Lady Indians took a 28-27 lead to the break.  Behind Bully, Catawba began to pull away in the second half as the junior tallied 16 of her points in the final session.

Catawba grabbed its largest lead of a dozen midway through the half on a free throw by Zhaquondalee Greer (Greensboro, NC/Academy at Smith/Charleston Southern) with 10:27 remaining to make the score 41-29.  Carson-Newman rallied back and closed the game to 48-45 with 3:51 to go after a free throw from Lashawnda Peacher (Springfield, TN).

A put-back by Antoinette McPhail (Timmonsville,SC/Darlington HS/Paine) and two free throws by Mallary Clay (Lansing, NC/Ashe Co. HS) pushed Catawba back up 52-45 with 2:27 remaining.  Bully had the back-breaking bucket as she converted a layup as the shot clock expired with 39 seconds to go, making the score 54-47. 

Catawba shot 39% for the game and held Carson-Newman to just 30% shooting in the second half.  The Lady Indians erased a halftime rebounding deficit to lead that category 37-34.  Catawba committed five less turnovers than the Lady Eagles.

Catawba meets Queens for the first time this season as the Royals invade Goodman Gym on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. tip-off.

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