Basketball (W)

Big Rally Comes Up Just Short for Women's Basketball at LR


HICKORY, N.C. -- Lenoir-Rhyne gave up all of a 21-point first half lead, but eventually pulled out a 76-74 win over visiting Catawba in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Wednesday night at Shuford Gym.  The Bears improve to 13-8 overall and 9-6 in the SAC, while the Catawba Indians fall to 13-7 and 10-5.

Lenoir-Rhyne got off to a fast start, leading 26-11 after a quarter.  The Bears increased their edge to 34-13 early in the second quarter and would take a 40-23 advantage to the break. 

After making just eight shots in the first half, Catawba stormed back in the second half.  The Lady Indians, who had shot just 28% in the first half, hit on 56% in the third quarter and closed within 51-46 entering the final 10 minutes. 

The Lady Indians would eventually come back to tie the game at 64 on a three-pointer by Serena Brown (Ft. Washington, Md./Bowie) with 3:22 to go.  Catawba could not take the lead, tying the game twice more before a free throw from Chelsey Romero at the 2:04 mark gave the Bears the lead for good.

Down 73-70 a Catawba turnover led to a Justyce Swango free throw with 27 seconds to go.  Terri Rogers’ (Burlington, N.C./E. Alamance) layup cut the margin to two.  Romero made just one free throw, but Bri Johnson (Statesville, N.C./W. Iredell/Belmont Abbey) was called for an offensive foul with 11 seconds remaining.

The Bears would turn the ball back over to Catawba with nine seconds left, but Elizabeth Webb (Statesville, N.C./W. Iredell) misfired on a three-pointer and Brooke Robinson iced the game with a free throw with five seconds remaining.  Rogers had a basket at the buzzer for the final margin.

After its first half struggles, Catawba made 22-of-34 shots (65%) in the second half.  Rogers led all scorers with 25 points, going 10-for-16 and pulling down eight rebounds.  Brown had 17 points and dished out eight assists.  Johnson scored 11 points.

Swango tossed in 19 points for Lenoir-Rhyne.  Romero followed with 16 points and Madi Suddreth 14.  Swango went 6-of-8 from behind the arc. 

Catawba returns home on Saturday to host Carson-Newman at 2 pm.

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