December 3, 2016
Women's Basketball Grinds Out Win at Tusculum
GREENVILLE, Tenn. -- Marshauna Butler (Bowie, Md./Bowie/Stony Brook) canned four late free throw as Catawba held on to top host Tusculum 60-55 in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Pioneer Arena. The Lady Indians improve to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the SAC, while the Pioneers fall to 1-5 and 0-3.
Trailing most of the second half, Tusculum tied the game at 52-all with 3:27 left on a three-pointer by Tara Shields. A layup by Alexis Newbold (Bowie, Md./Bowie) was followed by a steal and layup by Morgan Franklin (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) to put the Lady Indians up 56-52 with 1:59 remaining.
Shields brought the Pioneers within a point on another three-pointer with 1:30 to play and Tusculum had two shots to take the lead in the final minute, but Butler grabbed a rebound off the second miss. She went to the line with 22 seconds remaining and connected twice for a 58-55 lead and hit two more after rebounding a missed three-point try by the Pioneers in the waning seconds.
Catawba got off to a rough start, shooting just 27% in the first half. Tusculum canned 54% in the first quarter, including a 5-of-8 mark from behind the arc to lead 19-10. The Lady Indians held the Pioneers to just five points in the second quarter to move ahead 26-24 at the break. The Pioneers cooled off after the opening quarter, failing to hit on 40% during the next three periods.
Bri Johnson (Statesville, N.C./N. Iredell/Belmont Abbey) connected on five three-pointers for Catawba to lead the Lady Indians with 17 points. She had a big three to end the first half to give Catawba the lead then added two more to start the second half to keep Catawba in front. The Lady Indians would lead by as many as six in the second half before the Pioneers rallied to pull even late in the fourth quarter.
Terri Rogers (Burlington, N.C./E. Alamance) added 16 points for Catawba, blocking three shots and grabbing six rebounds. Butler tallied 11 points with eight boards, while Newbold had 10 points and eight rebounds.
Shields equaled Johnson’s 17 points to pace Tusculum and also canned five triples. Maelyn Head collected 15 points with Benedicta Makakala scored 14 points and recorded six steals. Regan Coff had 11 rebounds.
Both teams shot around 35% for the game and each had 18 turnovers. Catawba held a 43-33 edge on the boards with a 16-9 advantage on the offensive end. Johnson went over 1,000 points as a collegian and needs nine points to join Catawba’s 1,000-point club in just three seasons with the Lady Indians.
Catawba will return to action next Saturday, hosting Mars Hill at 2 pm.
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