January 16, 2016
Guy Drops 23 as LMU Survives A Catawba Comeback, 64-60.
SALISBURY, N.C. -- Late miscues thwarted a comeback for the Catawba College women’s basketball team as they fell to Lincoln Memorial 64-60 in South Atlantic Conference action Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym. A 23 point outing from Britney Guy lifted Lincoln Memorial to 9-6 on the year and 6-4 in the conference. With the loss, the Catawba Lady Indians fall to 7-9 overall and 4-6 in the SAC.
Lincoln Memorial jumped out early in the first quarter claiming a 3-2 lead just over eight minutes left on the clock. The Railsplitters would extend the lead to as much as ten to before Catawba ended the 14-2 run.
Catawba responded in the second quarter with a run of their own to close the deficit to two before Lincoln Memorial could settle down. The teams went to the half with Lincoln Memorial leading 28-23. Guy’s ten points in the half led all scorers aided by a Railsplitter rebounding advantage of 26-14.
The trio of Bri Johnson, Jada Huntley, and Alexis Newbold dominated Catawba’s scoring in the third quarter, totaling 17 of the team’s 19 points. Despite a scoreless first half, Lincoln Memorial’s leading scorer, Megan Pittman dropped in five of their ten points in the quarter. With the 19-10 advantage in the period, the Lady Indians went into the final quarter of play with a 42-38 lead.
With 1:42 left in the fourth quarter, Catawba still maintained its four point lead. The Lady Indians began to fall apart after foul trouble sent Lincoln Memorial to the free throw line. Back-to-back fouls from Johnson sent Shea Coker to the charity stripe where she brought the game within one, 58-57. Zhaquondalee Greer was the next Indians to falter with a charge call that gave Guy a three point opportunity to give the Railsplitters the 60-58 advantage with 29 seconds left. Lincoln Memorial held on to the lead over the final seconds.
Catawba was led by Johnson who finished with 17 points and aided by 14 point outings from Huntley and Terri Rogers. Both Huntley and Rogers tallied eight rebound in the bout. The unit shot 20-for-58 (34.5%) from the field and just 4-from 15 (26.7%) behind the arc. The Lady Indians added 16-of-23 from the free throw line.
Coker managed to record 15 points in the game to add to Guy’s 23 buckets. The conference rebounding leader, Pittman, added to her 11.0 rebound per game totals with 16 on the afternoon to go with her six points. Lincoln Memorial finished the night out rebounding Catawba 48-32.
The Railsplitters shot 20-for-55 (36.4%) from the field while adding six-for-17 (35.3%) from three point range. Lincoln Memorial shot 18-from-26 from the free throw line.
Catawba will look to rebound on Wednesday as they host Newberry at 6:00 p.m.
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