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Greer's Last Second Shot Lifts Catawba Over Barton 58-57

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CHAROLOTTE, N.C. -- The Catawba women’s basketball team claimed a tight 58-57 victory over Barton College Saturday afternoon at Queens University’s Curry Arena.  Zhaquondelee Greer scored the winning basket with six seconds left on the clock. The game was a part of the Queens Invitational which pitted the South Atlantic Conference against the Conference Carolinas.  Catawba finished the Invitational 2-0 after defeating Mount Olive the previous night.  Barton falls to 1-1 on the season.

Terri Rogers and Greer led the Catawba Lady Indians in score with 12 points apiece.  Rogers controlled the boards grabbing 15 rebounds in the process. 

Catawba opened the night scoring the first seven points of the game. The run was kick started with a three point shot by Bri Johnson.  Johnson would finish the night going 1-for-2 from behind the arc for five points and adding six rebounds.

The Lady Indians maintained that initial lead and even extended the lead to 15 points with just over three minutes remaining in the first half.  Barton would get a few points back to close out the half down by 10, 33-23.

Barton continued that slight momentum to close the gap to start the second half to cut the deficit to just four points.  Catawba countered with a run of their own to extend the game back to 15 points with 3:28 remaining.

Barton wasn’t finished as they closed the night with a run that gave them their only lead of the night of 57-56 with 28 ticks left on the clock.  Alexis Johnson scored the go-ahead bucket for the Bulldogs.  With 11 seconds on the clock Johnson would steal the ball from Catawba’s Bri Johnson before getting fouled. 

At the line, Alexis Johnson missed both of her free throws. Rogers grabbed the rebound on the second shot and threw it forward to Greer who scored the winning, fast break layup.  Barton could not respond in the remaining six seconds.

Catawba finished the night leading for the entire game except for 22 seconds.   The Lady Indians shot 21-for-66 (31.8%) while Barton went 21-for 68 (30.9%).  Catawba finished with a 57-50 advantage on the boards thanks to the work of Rogers and Khadijah Brown.  Brown added 11 rebounds and 12 points in the winning effort for Catawba.

Catawba turns to host South Atlantic Conference rival, Wingate, Wednesday night at Catawba’s Goodman Gym.  The 6 p.m. match will be both the conference and home opener for the Catawba women.

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