Basketball (W)

Johnson and Huntley Lead Catawba Past Lenoir-Rhyne, 75-62

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SALISBURY, NC -- The Catawba College women’s basketball team garnered its third consecutive win with a 75-62 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne University in South Atlantic Conference action Wednesday night at Goodman Gym. The Catawba Lady Indians improve to 11-10 overall and advance to 8-7 in the conference. The Bears drop to 6-12 on the year and 5-9 in the SAC.

Catawba’s Emma Ucinski recorded the first points of the game with a three from the left corner, just seven seconds into play. The basket gave Catawba a lead which they never relinquished. Teammate Jada Huntley took over the Catawba office during the remainder of the period, tallying ten points and helping to capture a six point lead.

In the second quarter Catawba continued the pressure to push the lead to 11 by halftime. The Catawba bench stepped up for the Lady Indians scoring 15 of the teams 22 points. Catawba entered the break maintaining a 42-31 lead.

Lenoir-Rhyne marginally settled Catawba down in the third quarter as the teams traded baskets for the majority of time. Catawba was still able to increase their lead to 14 entering the final quarter.

Catawba’s leading scorer, Bri Johnson, knocked down two quick jumpers to open the fourth and give the Lady Indians their largest lead of the game at 18. With 5:21 left in the game Catawba’s Terri Rogers pushed in a layup to give Catawba a 70-53 lead. A minute later, the Bears Shelly Harper got a layup of her own to ignite a 9-0 Lenoir-Rhyne run. The visiting Bears could not overcome the large gap and resorted to putting Catawba on the free throw line. Catawba, who entered the game shooting a South Atlantic Conference second best of 73.6% from the charity stripe converted three of their four attempts from the line.

Johnson led all scorers in on the night with 20 points as well as recording five rebounds. Huntley’s finished with 17 points for the Lady Indians.

As a unit, Catawba went 30-for-70 (42.9%) from the field, including 4-for-14 from long range. The team also shot 11-for-17 from the free throw line.

Lenoir-Rhyne turned to Shelly Harper who scored 17 points off the bench followed by Jasmine Stafford with 13 and Brooke Robinson with 12. Robinson also led the team in rebounds with eight.

The Bears converted 24-of-58 (41.4%) overall and failed to connect on nine shots from behind the arc. Lenoir-Rhyne made 14-of-17 from the charity stripe. Lenoir-Rhyne won the battle on the boards with a 42-39 advantage.

Catawba will start its first of three road games on Saturday as they travel to Carson-Newman. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m.

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