January 28, 2017
Women's Basketball Falls at Mars Hill
MARS HILL, N.C. -- Mars Hill rallied from 13 down in the final quarter to down visiting Catawba 55-53 in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Stanford Arena. The Lions improve to 4-16 overall and 2-12 in the SAC, while the Catawba Indians fall to 13-6 and 10-4.
Catawba, playing without leading rebounder and #2 scorer Terri Rogers (Burlington, N.C./E. Alamance) and in foul trouble much of the game, built a 49-36 with 6:21 to play after consecutive three-pointers by Elizabeth Webb (Statesville, N.C./W. Iredell). Alexis Newbold (Bowie, Md./Bowie) made it 51-40 with five minutes to go, but that would be the last field goal for the Lady Indians.
Mars Hill crept within 51-45 before Serena Brown (Ft. Washington, Md./Bowie) made two free throws with 2:11 left gave Catawba its last points and a 53-45 edge. Two free throws from Paige Chavis and a three-pointer by Sydney Comer drew the Lions within 53-50 with 1:23 to play.
Catawba’s Bri Johnson (Statesville, N.C./W. Iredell/Belmont Abbey) fouled out on an offensive foul on a back-door layup and Chavis tied the game on a three-pointer with 40 seconds remaining. Catawba turned the ball over with 14 seconds left, the fifth in its final seven possessions, and Madison Ervin’s driving layup with six seconds to play gave the Lions their only lead of the game. Webb’s three-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark.
Chavis scored 17 points to lead Mars Hill. Ervin added 13 off the bench and Comer chipped in with 11 points. Brown and Webb led Catawba with 14 points each. Marshauna Butler (Bowie, Md./Bowie/Stony Brook) had 10 rebounds.
Catawba shot just 31% for the second straight game, making only 19 of 61 shots. Ten of those baskets were three-pointers. The Lady Indians were only able to take eight free throws and made five. Mars Hill canned 35% (17-of-48) in the win. The Lions hit on 15-of-21 at the line.
Catawba is on the road Wednesday, traveling to Lenoir-Rhyne for a 6 pm tip.
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