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Free Throw Struggles Hurt in 70-59 Loss to Conference Leading Anderson

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SALISBURY, N.C. -- The Catawba College women's basketball team suffered a 70-59 loss to Anderson University in South Atlantic Conference action Saturday afternoon in Goodman Gym. The Catawba Lady Indians fall to 14-9 on the season and 11-7 in the SAC. Anderson holds on to a tie for first place in the conference with a 19-3 overall record and 16-2 in conference.

The Lady Indians battled the entire first half with Anderson resulting in six first half ties with the largest lead of the half being five by Catawba in the first six minutes of the game.  In the final minutes of the half the teams alternated one point leads seven straight time before Anderson pulled out a four point halftime lead at 32-28.

In the second half Catawba rallied to tie the game for a seventh and eighth time with 12:32 left on the clock. With 10:34 left in the game Anderson's Heather Jankowy hit a three point shot to give Anderson a lead that the Lady Indians were never able to reclaim.

Terri Rogers finished the game with 16 points and 16 rebounds for Catawba while aided by Bri Johnson's 14 points and Zhaquondalee Greer's 10 points. Jada Huntley contributed nine points and eight rebounds inthe losing effort.

On the other side of the ball the Trojans were led by Sierra Simpson who tallied 19 points and seven boards. Jankowy finished the afternoon with 17 points.

The deciding factor between the two teams came from the free throw line as Catawba hit just 9-of-15 from the line while Anderson sank in 19-of-23.

Catawba finished the day shooting 22-for-58 from the field and 6-of18 from deep. Anderson shot a similar 22-for-60 in the game and 7-of-16 from behind the arc.

Catawba held a 42-37 rebounding advantage but committed 17 turnovers to Anderson's nine.

Catawba looks to bounce back on Wednesday as they travel to Lenoir-Rhyne for a 6:00 p.m.

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