Basketball (W)

Big Second Half Rallies Women's Basketball Past Carson-Newman


JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. -- Catawba scored 60 second-half points to rally past host Carson-Newman for an 87-77 South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball victory on Saturday afternoon at Holt Fieldhouse.  The Catawba Indians improve to 11-8 overall and 8-6 in the SAC.  The Lady Eagles fall to 15-5 and 9-5.

The Lady Indians got 20 points each from Chloe Bully (Hannut, Belgium/KOL Landen) and Jada Huntley (Indian Trail, N.C./Porter Ridge HS) to rally from an 11-point halftime deficit.  Huntley tallied 16 after the break with Bully tossing in 15 in the second half.   Bri Johnson (Statesville, N.C./N. Iredell HS/Belmont Abbey) picked up 10 of her 17 in the final 20 minutes.

It was a reversal from the first meeting of the season between the teams which saw Carson-Newman rally from an 11-point deficit at the half.  Catawba had a dismal first half, shooting just 20% (7-of-35) and were outrebounded 28-17.  The Lady Indians stayed close by going 11-of-14 at the line and helping force a dozen C-N turnovers.

Down 11 at the break, Catawba inched closer in the first five minutes of the final half, cutting the margin to 46-42 on a layup by Huntley.  A three-point play by C-N's Kaitlyn Cupples put the Lady Eagles back up by nine and the hosts kept a six-point edge at 65-59 with nine minutes remaining.

Catawba wiped out the deficit with a 12-0 run that included three-pointers from Bully and Johnson.  Huntley put the Lady Indians on top for good at 66-65 with a pair of free throws at the 6:40 mark.  Carson-Newman closed the gap to 71-69 before two free throws by Johnson and a three-pointer by Bully made it 76-69 with three minutes left.

The Lady Indians iced the game at the line, making all eight of its attempts in the final 1:21.  Catawba shot 51% in the second half, hitting on 18-of-35 shots.  Catawba was a solid 30-of-36 (83%) at the line for the game.

Cupples led Carson-Newman with 14 points, eight rebounds and four blocks.  Tatum Burstrom followed with a dozen points and Jasmine Poole finished with 10.  Jassmine Franklin collected 10 rebounds and blocked four shots.  The Lady Eagles finished the game with 23 turnovers, 15 more than Catawba.

After falling behind 7-2 early, the Lady Eagles used a 10-0 lead to go on top.  Leading 19-15, Carson-Newman began to stretch its lead as Catawba went deathly cold.  The Lady Indians missed 16 straight shots before Johnson closed the half on a positive note with a three-pointer at the buzzer that made it 38-27.  Before that shots, Catawba made just 2-of-23 shots over a 15-minute span to fall behind by as many as 15 points. 

Catawba heads to Queens on Wednesday for a at 6 pm tip-off.

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