Basketball (W)

Wingate Ends Catawba's Hopes For Hosting Tournament Game


WINGATE, N.C. -- The Catawba College women’s basketball team fell to Wingate University 74-53 Wednesday evening in South Atlantic Conference action at Cuddy Arena. The loss knocks Catawba out of contention for hosting a first round game in the conference tournament. The Catawba Lady Indians fall to 15-12 on the year and 12-9 in the conference. Wingate improves to 17-8 overall and 14-7 in the SAC.

Midway through the first quarter, the teams stood even at six before Wingate surged ahead on a 12-2 run in just over three minutes. The Bulldogs would expand their lead in the second quarter, pushing the halftime score to 45-30. Wingate’s Danasia Witherspoon led the way in the first half with 12 points. Catawba’s Terri Rogers scored 10 points in the half aided by Bri Johnson with seven points and Jada Huntley with six.

Catawba’s struggles continued in the third quarter as Wingate outscored Catawba 20-15. Both sides came to a screeching halt in the fourth as both sides failed to score double digit figures in the period. Catawba missed their first 11 shots in the period, resulting in a drought of 7:45 going back to the third quarter. The Lady Indians bench managed to tally eight points in the final three minutes of play.

Catawba’s three leading scorers on the season, Rogers, Johnson, and Huntley, scored a combined four points in the second half. Rogers finished the night as the lone Lady Indian in double figures with 12 points. Huntley, who scored two points in the second half, finished with eight points. Johnson failed to score in the second half to end the game with seven points. Senior Khadijah Brown managed to rattle off night points coming off the bench.

The Lady Indians shot just 19-of-64 (29.7%) from the field with 4-for-17 coming from long range. One area for success for Catawba came from the free throw line where the unit converted on 11-of-13 attempts.

Wingate had five players reached double digits, led by Witherspoon who finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. The Bulldogs ending the game shooting 31-for-63 (49.2%) overall and 5-for-10 from deep. Wingate dominated the boards, holding onto a 48-31 advantage.

Catawba will close out the regular season on Saturday as they travel to Lincoln Memorial. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

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