Basketball (W)

Indians Fall to LMU 62-58, Will Face Wingate in SAC Tournament


HARROGATE, TN -- The Catawba College women’s basketball team closed out the regular season with a 62-58 loss to Lincoln Memorial University Saturday afternoon in South Atlantic Conference action at Tex Turner Arena. The Catawba Lady Indians fall to 15-13 overall and 12-10 in the conference to sit in sixth place for the season. The Railsplitters improve to 16-11 on the season and 13-9 in the SAC to finish fifth.

Catawba actually led the first 33 minutes of the game until Lincoln Memorial utilized a 15-2 run to open the fourth quarter. With 6:29 remaining, the Railsplitters forced the first tie of the day since tipoff at 47 apiece. The scoring continued as they scored five more before the Lady Indians ended a nearly seven minute drought.

Catawba’s Bri Johnson tied the game back at 54-54 with 1:52 left. Kiara Rawls took over the game for Lincoln Memorial in the final minutes as she reclaimed the lead with a layup and extended it to four with a pair of free throws. Johnson then responded with a two free throws of her own with 34 seconds remaining.

Johnson then fouled Rawls to send her to the line with no time off the clock. Unfortunately for the Lady Indians Rawls converted both attempts to return the lead back to four. After a Catawba timeout to advance the ball, Johnson put in a layup bring the game within one possession.

On the next possession, Lincoln Memorial’s Jasmine Kelly was called for an offensive foul on the baseline to turn the ball back to Catawba for a final opportunity with 16 seconds left. With just four seconds left on the clock Emma Ucinski tried to force the ball into Catawba’s leading scorer, Terri Rogers.  The forced pass was stolen by Josey Harding for the Railsplitters to essentially save the game from overtime.  Ucinski immediately fouled Harding, but the forward knocked down both free throws to secure the win.

Rogers finished the day with 20 points and added seven rebounds in the process. Johnson dropped in 14 points with Serena Brown and Zhaquondalee Greer adding eight points each. Jada Huntley, who entered the game averaging 12.8 points per game, finished with just four points.

Despite shooting 40% from the field in the first half, Catawba ended that game shooting 23-for-64 (35.9%) overall.  The Lady Indians converted 4-of-14 from the three point line and 8-for-11 from the charity stripe.

Lincoln Memorial was led by Rawls with 14 points, Britney Guy with 13 points, and Megan Pittman with ten. Kortnay Cox controlled the boards with 13. The squad converted 22-of-62 (35.5%) shots, including 4-for-16 from long range. The Railsplitters sealed the game by converting 14-of-16 from the free throw line. Lincoln Memorial won the battle of the boards with a 49-35 advantage.

Catawba will travel to Wingate on Wednesday for the first round of the South Atlantic Conference Tournament. The official pairings and times will be announced by the league office over the weekend, but will likely start at 6:00 p.m.

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