December 31, 2018
Lady Indians Defeat Belmont Abbey to Close Out 2018
SALISBURY, N.C. – In 2018’s final game, Catawba women’s basketball wore down Belmont Abbey in the second half, securing a 65-52 victory Monday at Goodman Gym.
Madison Hallman’s game high 17 points paced the Lady Indians, who improved to 6-4 on the season, while the Crusaders dropped to 7-5.
Leading 30-26 at the halftime break, Catawba netted the first seven points of the third quarter. Trailing by 11, after a 3-pointer by Hallman, Belmont Abbey called a timeout with 6:52 left in the frame. The Crusaders regrouped when play resumed and cut the deficit to 47-42 with a minute remaining in the period.
The Lady Indians opened the final quarter with a 10-2 run, increasing their lead to 58-44 with 5:40 remaining. Hallman sparked the offense again, concluding the run with back-to-back 3-pointers.
Once again, the Crusaders tried to slow down Catawba’s offense with a time out. Catawba turned up the defensive pressure, holding Belmont Abbey to eight points in the final five minutes of action, including a 3-pointer at the final buzzer.
Hallman added six steals, three rebounds and two assists. Shemya Stanbeck dished out a career high seven assists and matched a career high nine points. Taisha DeShazo narrowly missed a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds. Talia Barnes dropped in 12 points and grabbed eight boards.
Maria Kuhlman led Belmont Abbey with 14 points and five rebounds. Allie Downing added 11 points and five boards. Alexis Schulz finished with 11 points.
Inside the Numbers:
- Catawba shot 38.1 percent (24-of-63) from the field, including 36.4 percent from deep (8-of-22).
- Belmont Abbey went 18-of-45 (40 percent) from the floor, including 9-of-26 (34.6 percent) from 3-point range.
- Catawba outscored the Crusaders 30-19 in the paint. - The Lady Indians assisted on 14 of their 24 made baskets, while Belmont Abbey tallied 13 assists on 18 field goals.
- Catawba forced 25 turnovers, including 11 on steals and turning the ball over just 15 times.
The Lady Indians open 2019 with a two-game road trip, beginning in Murfreesboro, North Carolina Thursday. Tip-off against Chowan is at 5:30 p.m.
Head Coach Terrence Baxter Post-Game Quotes:
We got off to a slow start but I feel like we kept getting better. We always play hard and that's the number one thing you can count on right now. If we play hard, we will fix the X's and O's after game. Tonight we did that and we held them to 26 points in the first half. We played defense and rebounded and that's what we did not do against Wingate. When we do not defend and we do not rebound, that’s what cost us games.
RE: Overcoming a slow start
I think we got back into a little rhythm and I think the other team also got a little tired. Not playing games for 10 days, teams tend to get tired, so we spent a lot of time getting up and down the floor and playing when we came back from Christmas break. We wanted to be ready for today and wanted to come out a little better but we got better as the game went on.
RE: Catawba’s second half performance
We saw some things we liked and wanted to concentrate on. The girls did a good job of concentrating on those things. Our defense is where we hang our hat. If we can if we defend and rebound we can beat a lot of people.
When you're getting that kind of play from your guards, it takes pressure off Taisha DeShazo and Talia Barnes. I've said this all year long. When those two play well, we usually win.
RE: Taisha DeShazo
I keep telling her that she can’t step on the floor and decide to be a role player. Last year she struggled with that a little bit as a freshman. We gave her the same role as a freshman but this year she accepts that role. She loves that role and she loves the pressure of having to be the one that gets us going and to keep us going all night long. She is doing a great job taking her.
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