Basketball (W)

Lady Indians Sail Past Tusculum 64-51

SALISBURY, N.C. – A second quarter spurt fuels Catawba women’s basketball 64-51 victory over Tusculum Saturday at Goodman Gym.

Leading by one with 6:21 left in the opening 20 minutes of action, the Lady Indians (3-3, 1-1 SAC) closed the half on a 14-3 run.Catawba’s defense held Tusculum (4-2, 0-2) scoreless for nearly six minutes, stretching its lead to 36-24 at the break.

The Pioneers scored the first five points out of the break, cutting the deficit to 36-29, 50 seconds into the period. They continued to chip away at deficit, getting as close as five with two minutes left in the third frame.

Catawba responded with a run of its own, extinguishing any hope of a comeback by the visitors. The Lady Indians rattled off 15 of the next 17 points and registered its biggest lead of the day at 18, 59-41, with 4:27 remaining. The Pioneers held a 10-5 advantage the rest of the way for the final tally.

Sophomore center Talia Barnes sparked the Lady Indians with a double-double, scoring 20 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. The Durham, North Carolina native went 6-of-12 from the field and added eight points on 10 free-throw attempts. Of her 13 boards, five came on the offensive glass.

Madison Hallman finished with 14 points and a game-high six assists, while Taisha DeShazo added 13 points. The Pioneers were led by Mia Long, who netted 14 points and six boards.

Inside the Numbers:
- The 51 points is the fewest allowed by the Lady Indians this season.
- Catawba shot 40.9 percent (18-of-44) from the field, including 25 percent from deep (4-of-1).
- Tusculum was 17-of-53 (32.4) percent from the field, making 7-of-27 (25.9 percent) from behind the arc.
- The Lady Indians outrebounded the Pioneers 41-30.
- Catawba made 24-of-34 free-throw attempts (70.6 percent), while Tusculum went 10-of-14 (71.4 percent)

Next Up:
Catawba hosts fellow Salisbury foe Livingstone Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Postgame Quotes:

Head Coach Terrence Baxter 
RE: Rebounding from loss at Newberry
We didn't follow the gameplay up at Newberry in certain situations but we did for the most part. We held them to 63 points. Anytime you hold somebody who averages 90 points a game to just 63, it is a good day. Tonight we stuck to the game plan the whole night. We knew they want to drive the basketball, so we protected against that and took about 12 or 13 charges tonight.

RE: Thoughts on (Talia) Barnes performance
When she has a great night, we have a great night. She is an undersized post, which we have listed at 6’0”, but she is probably closer to 5’9”. She brings it every night, she plays hard and she's always ready. I'm tough on her and she takes it and she's always an even keel kid. Talia is a great kid on and off the court. RE: Thoughts on the run in the second quarter We had a couple plays that work tonight and put Tusculum in some bad situations where they had to move their feet and fouls came out of it today.

RE: Getting better
We are going to go back and watch film and see what we need to clean up. We need to continue to get better on the offensive side. We are going to hang out, watch film, have fun and continue to work on making the offense better each day. I’ll watch the film and make sure I'm on point with what happened in tonight’s game. Even though we won, there are things we did wrong. We will go back and correct those things before our next game.

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