Basketball (W)

Johnson's 27 Leads Catawba Past Mars Hill 79-66

SALISBURY, N.C. -- A 21 point halftime deficit was too much for Mars Hill University to overcome in South Atlantic conference women’s basketball action Saturday afternoon as Catawba College claimed a 79-66 win at Goodman Gym. Bri Johnson led all scorers with 27 points in the bout. The win lifts Catawba to 10-10 on the year and 7-7 in the conference. Mars Hill drops to 8-9 overall and 7-5 in the SAC.

With 7:15 left in the first quarter, Johnson drained a three to give Catawba a 7-4 advantage and a lead that would not be relinquished for the remainder of play. The Catawba Lady Indians relied on the trio of Johnson, Terri Rogers and Jada Huntley to extend the lead to 11 by the end of the quarter.

In the second, Catawba used their pressure defense to extend the lead to 21 by halftime.   By the break Johnson tallied 18 points and five rebounds. Rogers added 12 points with Huntley contributing ten to the cause. The Indians pressure defense forced 11 turnovers which resulted in six fast break points.

Catawba opened up the third quarter with the same momentum as the first to extend the score to 63-36 with 6:17 left in the period. Both teams immediately went into a drought until Mars Hill’s Kelsey Espinosa recorded a basket three and a half minutes later. The basket kick started a rally for the Lions as they closed the break on an 11-4 run.

 The run continued in the fourth as Mars Hill closed the score to six with less than three minutes to play at 70-64. Huntley responded first for Catawba scoring the next two baskets which included a steal and fast break bucket. Johnson fed off the instant momentum swing with a pair of converted free throws followed by a last second jumper.

Johnson ended the afternoon with 27 points and nine rebounds to lead all players in either category. Huntley recorded 19 points of her own with Rogers tallying 16 points.

Catawba shot 29-for-58 (50.0%) overall and 5-for-14 from long range. The Lady Indians ended their slump from the free throw line, converting 16-of-18. Catawba outrebounded the Lions 37-26.

Mars Hill turned out three solid performances from Paige Chavis, Ansley Ricker and Genice Lane. Chavis tallied 17 points while Ricker and Lane dropped in 15 each. Lane led the team in rebounds with seven.

The Lions shot 25-for-57 (43.9%) overall, including 5-for-10 from deep. Mars Hill performed just as well from the charity stripe going 11-of-13.

Catawba will remain at home as they host SAC foe, Lenoir-Rhyne, on Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

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«October 2017»
October 1

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 3) 

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 3) 

October 2

Golf (W) @ Myrtle Beach Inv - Day 1 (Ocean Ridge Plantation)

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 4) 

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 4) 

October 3

Golf (W) @ Myrtle Beach Inv - Day 2 (Ocean Ridge Plantation) 14th of 17

Volleyball @ Coker 1-3

October 4

Soccer (W) vs. QUEENS 0-1

Soccer (M) vs. QUEENS 1-1

October 5

Tennis (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 7-2

Tennis (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 1-8

October 6

Swimming @ Converse Women's Invite (Day 1) 

October 7

Cross Country @ Hagan Stone Classic W-1st;M-3rd

Swimming @ Converse Women's Invite (Day 2) 1st of 7

Football vs. NORTH GREENVILLE 26-20

Volleyball vs. NEWBERRY 2-3

Soccer (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 0-3

Soccer (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 0-3

October 9

Golf (M) @ NCAA II Preview - Day 1 (Rock Barn GC)

Golf (W) in PATSY RENDLEMAN INV - Day 1 (CC of Salisbury)

October 10

Golf (M) @ NCAA II Preview - Day 2 (Rock Barn GC) 9th of 17

Golf (W) in PATSY RENDLEMAN INV - Day 2 (CC of Salisbury) 10th of 17

October 11

Soccer (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 3-1

Soccer (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-4

October 14

Football vs. WINGATE 24-27

Volleyball @ Anderson 0-3

Soccer (M) @ Anderson 1-2

Soccer (W) @ Anderson 1-2

October 16

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Mimosa Hills CC)

Golf (W) @ Lee Ann Noble Memorial - Day 1 (Achasta GC)

October 17

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC) 11th of 13

Golf (W) @ Lee Ann Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC) 12th of 16

Tennis (W) vs. Newberry 4-5

Tennis (M) vs. Newberry 1-8

October 18

Soccer (W) @ Wingate 0-1

Soccer (M) @ Wingate 0-0

October 19

Tennis (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 2-7

October 20

Swimming MEN vs. UNC WILMINGTON 91-164

Swimming WOMEN vs. UNC WILMINGTON 81-172

Volleyball vs. MARS HILL 1-3

October 21

Cross Country @ SAC Championships W-4th;M-8th

Volleyball @ Tusculum 0-3

Swimming @ Wingate 2 p.m.

Football @ Tusculum 40-13

Soccer (M) vs. TUSCULUM 1-3

Soccer (W) vs. TUSCULUM 7:30 p.m.

October 24

Soccer (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 7 p.m.

Volleyball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 7 p.m.

October 25

Soccer (M) vs. USC AIKEN 7 p.m.

October 27

Swimming Men @ Gardner-Webb 5 p.m.

Volleyball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 7 p.m.

October 28

Soccer (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 1 p.m.

Football @ Limestone 1 p.m.

Volleyball vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 2 p.m.

Soccer (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 3:30 p.m.

October 31

Soccer (W) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Soccer (M) @ SAC Tournament (1st Round)

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Soccer (M) Team Photo