Basketball (W)

Turnovers Plague Indians in 72-56 Defeat to Johnson C. Smith


SALISBURY, N.C. -- Turnovers plagued the Catawba College women’s basketball team as they fell 72-56 to the Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls Tuesday night in non-conference action at Goodman Gymnasium. The home opener loss drops Catawba to 2-1 on the season. The Lady Bulls improve to 3-0.

Catawba opened the game with an 8-0 lead over the first 2:14 of play. Johnson C. Smith responded with a 19-4 run to end the first quarter. The turn came after the Bulls went to a fast paced, press defense which led to seven different players to tally points.

Catawba mirrored their first quarter start in the second with six straight points to bring the game back to one. Johnson C. Smith again responded with a rally totaling 13-2 for a twelve point lead at 32-20. The teams would close out the half standing 35-25 in favor of the Bulls.

The second half began to settle down as each team relied on their respective scorers. For Catawba, the Lady Indians turned to Bri Johnson who scored nine points in first half and ten in the second to end the day with 19 points. Johnson C. Smith relied on Asha Jordan who finished with a career-high 22 points in the game. The pair seemed to exchange baskets throughout the half but the pressing Bulls were tough to contain. In the third quarter, the Bulls began to wear down Catawba with a 9-0 run to close the quarter with a 54-38 lead. The pair traded punches in the fourth with neither team successfully mounting any form of run.

Johnson added six rebounds and a pair of assists to round out her 19 points on the night. The current SAC Player of the Week now stands with 71 points over the first three games. Terri Rogers contributed ten points and six rebounds to the cause. Turnovers though played the biggest role in the Indians demise as Catawba accounted for 25.

Catawba as a whole shot 21-of-59 (36.6%) from the field, including 3-for-16 from long range and 11-for-14 from the charity stripe. The Lady Indians were able to manage a 37-35 rebounding advantage despite being significantly outsized in the post.

Jordan scoring led the way for the Bulls, but the team’s 17 steals proved equally important.  Quinesha Lynch added ten points of her own in the victory.

As a team, Johnson C. Smith went 27-of-59 (45.8%) in the game and 5-for-15 from three-point range. The Bulls added 13-of-17 from the free throw line for 76.5%.

Catawba will return to action on Friday as they travel to North Georgia for a South Atlantic/Peach Belt Conference Challenge. The Lady Indians will play Georgia College on Friday at 4p.m. and face North Georgia on Saturday.

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