February 6, 2016
Johnson Drops In 31 to Give Catawba an 82-78 Victory Over Carson-Newman
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn.-- A 31 point outing from Bri Johnson lifted the Catawba College women's basketball team to an 82-78 victory over Carson-Newman University in South Atlantic Conference action Saturday afternoon at Holt Fieldhouse. Catawba improves to 12-10 on the season and 9-7 in the conference. The Carson-Newman Eagles drop to 15-7 overall and are now tied with Catawba at 9-7 in the SAC.
Catawba controlled the entire first half, claiming as large as a 15 point lead midway through the second quarter. The Catawba Lady Indians held on to claim a 13 point advantage going into the halftime break.
In the third quarter, Carson-Newman rallied thanks to a 12-4 run which brought the score to 50-45 with 5:14 left in the third. The teams traded baskets until the end of the period where Catawba survived to hold onto a 56-53 lead.
Eagle's Jai Jai McLaughlin tied the game for the first time since tip-off with 7:14 left in the game. McLaughlin's traditional three-point play tied, then gave Carson-Newman a one point lead. The next possession a missed three from Catawba's Emma Ucinski led to a fast break by Ashton Wykle. The basket marked the Eagles largest lead of the night at three.
Janna Dixon nailed a three to tied the game back up at 61 with 6:41 to go. After a Carson-Newman basket, Johnson nailed another three for Catawba to claim a lead that they would not relinquish. Over the remaining six minutes of play, the Eagles managed to close the gap within one with just over two minutes left but immediately responded.
Jada Huntley aided Johnson in the win by contributing ten points and seven rebounds. Serena Brown added 12 points of her own to the victory.
Catawba shot 29-of-61 (47.5%) from the field while knocking down 7-of-15 from long range. The Lady Indians had an amazing performance from the free throw line, converting 17-of-19 on the night.
Carson-Newman made 30-of-68 (44.1%) overall, including 5-of-18 from behind the arc. The Eagles also shot well from the charity stripe by making 13-of-16. The Eagles won the battle of the boards by tallying 36 rebounds to Catawba's 31.
The Eagles were led by Tatum Burstrom who recorded 16 points. McLaughlin added in 12 points with Kayla Newman and Kailyn Brooks contributing ten points each.
Catawba will continue their road trip in SAC play with a trip to Newberry on Wednesday. The game is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
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