Basketball (W)

Slow Start Derails Lady Indians

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WINGATE, N.C. – Catawba women’s basketball never recovered after surrendering a 17-5 run to Wingate in the second quarter Wednesday afternoon.

The Lady Indians fell to 5-4 on the season and 2-2 in the South Atlantic Conference with the 83-63 defeat at Cuddy Arena, while the Bulldogs improved to 7-3 on the season and 3-1 in league play.

Catawba’s Talia Barnes tallied a team high 15 points, with five boards. Taisha DeShazo registered her second career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Mercedes Wampler netted 12 points, which is the first time the rookie has scored in double figures in consecutive games.

Trailing 19-11 after the first quarter, Elizabeth Webb and DeShazo opened the second by nailing back-to-back 3-pointers, closing the margin to 19-17. Wingate grabbed control of the contest with a 39-24 halftime advantage, after outscoring Catawba 20-7 over the final eight minutes.

The Lady Indians found their footing early in the third, producing the team’s best 10 minutes offensively. They cut the deficit to single digits in the period, before a late charge by the Bulldogs pushed the deficit back to 12 with one quarter remaining.

Wingate maintained its advantage with the teams trading buckets before the Bulldogs netted 13 of the final 15 points.

Inside the Numbers:
- The 83 points is the second most allowed by Catawba this season.
- Catawba shot a season low 33.9 percent (20-of-59) from the field, including 35.3 percent from deep (6-of-17).
- Wingate went 30-of-57 (52.6 percent) from the field, including 2-of-7 (28.6 percent) from behind the arc.

Next Up:
Catawba returns home to close out 2018 when it hosts Belmont Abbey at 2 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

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