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Women's Basketball Takes League Opener at Coker

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- Catawba shot 51% from the field and made 31-of-44 (71%) at the line in taking an 84-63 win over host Coker in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Tuesday night at the DeLoach Center.  The Catawba Indians improve to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the SAC, while the Cobras fall to 0-4 and 0-1.

Terri Rogers (Burlington, N.C./E. Alamance) and Bri Johnson (Statesville, N.C./N. Iredell/Belmont Abbey) each scored 20 points for the Lady Indians.  Rogers hit on 8-of-12 from the field and added eight rebounds, while Johnson canned 13-of-15 at the line.  Serena Brown (Ft. Washington, Md./Bowie) also reached double figures as she scored a dozen.

Coker got 16 points off the bench from Sydney Shull and 14 points from Lindsey Adams.  Iresha Cooper had nine points and eight rebounds.  The Cobras shot just 36% in the loss.

Catawba never trailed and scored the final eight points of the opening quarter to take a 25-17 lead after 10 minutes.  Johnson didn’t miss a shot in the first quarter, making two field goals, one from three-pointer range, and going 4-for-4 at the line for nine points. 

The Lady Indians went up by double digits early in the second quarter and built the margin to 15 after a jumper by Elizabeth Webb (Statesville, N.C./W. Iredell) midway through.  Rogers collected 11 of her points in the period.

A free throw by Cooper with 7:23 left in the third quarter pulled Coker within single digits at 48-39, but Catawba went on a 13-3 run, capped by Webb’s three-pointer, to lead 61-43.  The Lady Indians closed the quarter on a 20-8 spurt to grab a 68-47 advantage.  The lead grew to as many as 23 in the final period.

Catawba hosts Virginia Union at 2 pm on Saturday.  The Panthers enter the game ranked 12th in the nation in the D2SIDA National Poll.

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