Basketball (W)

Tusculum Overcomes 11 Point Deficit in 71-68 Victory


GREENVILLE, TN -- The Tusculum College women's basketball team overcame an 11 point halftime deficit to claim a 71-68 victory over Catawba College in South Atlantic Conference action Monday evening at Pioneer Arena. Catawba's Terri Rogers posted a 24 point, 10 rebound performance in the loss as the Lady Indians fall to 8-10 overall and 5-7 in the conference. Tusculum improves to 8-7 on the year and 6-6 in the SAC.

Tusculum entered the second quarter with as much as a six point lead before a pair of 8-0 runs lifted the Catawba Lady Indians to an 11 point lead at the half. A balanced attack from Catawba's fast paced offense resulted in five separte Indians scoring in the period.

Tusculum turned things around in the third quarter with a 10-0 run in the first four minutes of the half. Catawba finally settled things down s the teams alternated baskets over the remainder of the quarter.

The Pioneers turned the tables on Catawba to start the fourth. The high pressured defense led to six fastbreak points and a pair of free throws to claim a three point lead. A three point basket by Catawba's Bri Johnson tied the game with 6:03 left on the clock. The slugfest waged on until the Pioneers claimed a three point lead with seven seconds on the clock. After a Catawba timeout Catawba turned to Bri Johnson for a final three point opportunity which fell short.

Jada Huntley contributed to Rogers' effort, pouring in 15 points and four rebounds. Johnson finished the night with 12 points and four rebounds of her own.

The Lady Indians shot 28-for-63 (44.4%) from the field and 5-for-16 from long range. Catawba shot poorly from the free throw line converting just 7-of-15. As a whole Catawba grabbed 39 boards, one more than their counterparts.

Tusculum was led by Sydney Wilson who tallied 21 points, including six from three-point range. Kasey Johnson and Maelyn Head each added 16 points. Kristen McMillion controlled the post with 12 rebounds while Shynese Whitener grabbed nine of her own.

The Pioneers dropped in 27-of-62 (43.5%) overall and 4-for-9 from behind the arc. Tusculum didn't fare much better than Catawba from the charity stripe shooting 13-for-21.

Catawba will remain on the road on Wednesday when they travel to Coker for South Atlantic Conference action. Tipoff is set for 6:00 p.m.

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