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Rogers' Double-Double Not Enough In Carson-Newman Loss

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SALISBURY, N.C. – The Catawba College women’s basketball program relinquished a first half lead to fall 73-65 to the visiting South Atlantic Conference foe Carson-Newman Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym.  With the loss the Catawba women fall to 4-4 on the year and 1-3 in the South Atlantic Conference.  The Carson-Newman Eagles remain undefeated with a record of 7-0 and 4-0 respectively.

The Indians entered halftime with a 33-22 lead behind the play of freshman Forward Terri Rogers.  Rogers went into the break with a double-double of 10 points with as many rebounds.  Bri Johnson aided the lead by adding ten points of her own before half. 

In the second half the Lady Eagles used the press to get back in the game and eventually take the lead.  The change in tempo aided Carson-Newman great as they doubled their field goal percentage from 24.1% to 51.6%.  The Eagles finished the game shooting 23-for-60 for a 38.3% shooting percentage.  Four Carson-Newman players tallied double digit scoring being led by Jessica Simerly who put in 16 points. 

Catawba was unable to hold their first half shooting percentage going from 37.5% (12-32) to 33.3% (10-30) for a final of 22-for-62 (35.5%).  Johnson finished as Catawba’s leading scorer with 17 points and adding five rebounds in the process. Rogers finished strong with 15 points and 17 rebounds.  Senior Chloe Bully contributed 16 points on the night.

Despite an outstanding performance on the boards by Rogers, Carson-Newman still held a rebounding lead of 48-35.

Catawba will travel to Tusculum on the December 15th for the final conference game before the holiday break.

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