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Women's Basketball Stumbles Against Newberry

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SALISBURY, N.C. -- Nicola Handreck scored 21 point to lead visiting Newberry to a 61-41 win over Catawba in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Wednesday night at Goodman Gym.  The Wolves improve to 13-8 overall and 9-8 in the SAC, while the Catawba Indians fall to 13-9 and 10-7 with their fourth straight loss.

Newberry took the lead with a big second quarter, holding a cold-shooting Catawba to just eight points.  The Wolves closed the half on an 8-2 run that saw Handreck can a pair of three-pointers.  The Lady Indians struggled to get back into the game and Newberry ran out to a 14-point edge late in the third quarter.

Catawba made just 15-of-59 shots (25.4%) in the loss and were only 6-of-13 at the line (46.2%).  Newberry shot 43%, held a 44-39 edge in rebounding and committed two fewer turnovers.

Terri Rogers (Burlington, N.C./E. Alamance) was the only Catawba player in double figures as she recorded a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds.  Bri Johnson (Statesville, N.C./W. Iredell/Belmont Abbey) had nine points and Marshauna Butler (Bowie, Md./Bowie/Stony Brook) eight rebounds.

Meg Essex followed Handreck with 12 points and nine rebounds for Newberry.  She also blocked five shots.  Jaya Schultz scored 11 points and Samara Hill tossed in 10.

Catawba finishes up three-straight home games on Saturday, hosting Anderson at 2 pm.

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