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Slow Second Half Start Leads to 62-55 Loss for Women's Basketball

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SALISBURY, NC -- Lenoir-Rhyne used a 15-2 run to start the second half and went on to post a 62-55 win over host Catawba in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Wednesday night at Goodman Gym.  The Bears stay in a tie for the top spot in the league, improving to 20-4 overall and 15-4 in the SAC.  The Catawba Indians fall to 12-11 and 10-9.

Catawba led by as many as nine in the first half, coming after a layup by Chloe Bully (Hannut, BELGIUM/KOL Landen) at the 6:36 mark.  Lenoir-Rhyne trimmed the deficit to 29-26 at the break.

Lenoir-Rhyne went on top to stay early in the second half when Jazmine Charles converted a pair of free throws.  Brittany Christian capped the big spurt to give the Bears a 41-31 edge with 14:20 to go. 

Catawba closed the gap to 51-48 with 4:11 remaining on a three-point play by Mallary Clay (Lansing, NC/Ashe Co. HS), buy Krystal Patton followed a Catawba missed shot with a three-pointer at the 3:15 mark and the Bears kept at least a six point lead the rest of the way.

Jenni Gust led Lenoir-Rhyne with 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds.  Patton and Charles each tallied 11 points.  Catawba was led by Bully, who had a dozen points.  Emma Ucinski (Atlanta, GA/St. Pius X HS) followed with 11 points and Antoinette McPhail (Timmonsville, SC/Darlington HS/Paine) added 10 points and eight rebounds.

Catawba shot just 32% in the loss and went 3-of-16 (19%) from behind the arc.  Lenoir-Rhyne shot36% for the game and held a 43-35 edge on the glass.

Catawba plays its final regular season home game on Saturday afternoon, hosting Brevard for a 2 p.m. tip.

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