November 17, 2018
Deshazo's Double-Double Lifts Indians to Win in Home Opener
SALISBURY, N.C. –
Catawba women’s basketball rookie Head Coach Terrence Baxter
recorded his first career win when his team won their home opener against Fayetteville State Saturday.
The Lady Indians improved to 1-2 on the season with the victory at Goodman Gym.
“This was a great win,” Baxter said. “We played great team defense.”
recorded a double-double with 21 points and 10 boards, pacing the Lady Indians to a 76-56 win over Fayetteville State, which dropped to 2-2 on the season. She went 7-for-15 from the field (46.7 percent) and added six free throws on nine attempts.
“Taisha promised the team a good game – shed did that and more,” Baxter said.
The Lady Indians ran off 17 consecutive points over the final four minutes of the first half, grabbing a 13-point advantage after 20 minutes of play. After a back-and-forth battle through the first quarter and half of the second, Catawba turned a 29-25 deficit into 42-29 advantage at intermission.
During the run, Catawba was 5-of-8 from the field, including 2-of-4 from deep, adding five points at the free-throw line. In a 35-second span, Elizabeth Wood buried back-to-back three pointers, turning the Lady Indians’ three-point deficit into a 32-29 lead with 2:37 remaining in the first half. Wood’s second trey was the seventh lead change of the half, but Catawba did not surrender it again over the remaining 22 minutes of play.
Wood, who was 4-of-7 from the field, did not attempt a two-point shot or free throw and finished with 12 points. Keyotta Garris
added 12 points and eight rebounds, while Talia Barnes
netted 10 points. Madison Hallman
came off the bench and added 10 points, with seven of those coming at the charity stripe on eight shots.
corralled a game-high 12 boards for the Lady Indians, dropped five assists and added two steals. The 5-5 guard from Kannapolis, N.C. snagged 11 of her 12 boards in the first half.
“Talia and Keyotta handled the post and my point guards came to play,” Baxter said.
Catawba held a double-digit lead the entire second half, extending its lead to 59-39 after three quarters. The Broncos called a timeout with just under eight minutes remaining and Baxter began to empty the Lady Indians’ bench but their lead grew to its largest margin at 27, when Anna Gardner
drained both free throws. Gardner’s two free throws gave Catawba a 74-47 lead with 3:24 remaining. Fayetteville State closed the game on a 9-2 run, lifting the Lady Indians to the 20-point win.
Aminata Johnson led the Broncos with 12 points and nine rebounds, while Brittany Drumgoogle added 10 points. Yakima tallied nine points, and team highs in blocked shots with six and three steals.
Inside the Numbers:
- The 56 points is the fewest allowed by Catawba this season.
- Catawba shot 36.7 percent (22-60) from the field, including 33.3 percent from deep (7-21).
- Fayetteville State went 25-60 (41.7) percent from the field, but just 2-19 (10.5) from behind the arc.
- The Lady Indians outrebounded the Broncos 51-30, including 19-6 on the offensive glass.
- Catawba made 25-of-33 free-throw attempts (75.8 percent), while FSU was 4-of-9 (44.4 percent)
Catawba travels to Banner Elk, N.C. Monday for a 5 p.m. tip-off at Lees-McRae. The game was postponed from Thursday, due to inclement weather. It is the final contest before the Lady Indians’ break for the Thanksgiving holiday and the last non-conference game before opening up South Atlantic Conference play at Newberry Nov. 28.