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Loss to LMU Sends Women's Basketball on Road in SAC Tournament


HARROGATE, TN -- Catawba lost a chance to host a first round South Atlantic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament game after a 71-62 loss at Lincoln Memorial on Saturday night at Tex Turner Arena.  The Lady Railsplitters improve to 16-10 overall and 15-7 in the SAC.  The Catawba Indians slip to 14-12 and 12-10.  The Lady Indians finished tied for fourth, but will be the fifth seed in the tourney. 

Chloe Bully (Hannut, BELGIUM/KOL Landen) led Catawba, scoring 14 points and dishing out seven assists, but it was an uncharacteristic 20 turnovers that was costly to the Lady Indians.  Jada Huntley (Indian Trail, NC/Porter Ridge HS) and Janna Dixon (Advance, NC/W. Forsyth HS) each scored 10 points.

Katrina Ottesen paced LMU with 18 points.  She scored 13 points and hit three of her four three-pointers in the second half.  Kalasia Green added 16 points for the host Lady Railsplitters, while MaRanda Boddie scored eight points and pulled down 15 rebounds.

After a tight opening four minutes, LMU started to pull away by the midpoint of the half.  A 9-2 run that was started by an Ottesen three and capped with two buckets from Green gave the Lady Railsplitters a 24-15 lead at the 11:52 mark.  Catawba was able to rally, pulling even after trailing by 10, but LMU capped the half on a 9-0 run to lead 42-33 at the break.

The Lady Railsplitters built their edge to 15 early in the second half before Catawba rallied back.  Dixon twice cut the margin to a single point on three-pointers, but a 14-2 run by LMU after her second three-pointer did in the Lady Indians.  That run put LMU up 67-54 with 5:26 left.

Catawba did hold a 47-42 edge on the boards and pulled down 16 on the offensive glass.  The turnovers were the key as the Lady Indians, who led the SAC in turnover margin, committed five more than LMU.  The Lady Railsplitters were also able to get to the line 17 more times than Catawba, going 19-of-29 to 10-of-12 for the Lady Indians.

Catawba's first round tournament game at Carson-Newman will tip at 6 p.m. on Wednesday night.

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