Basketball (W)

Stanbeck's Double-Double Paces Catawba Past Coker

SALISBURY, N.C. – For the first 35 minutes of Catawba women’s basketball game against Coker, the Lady Indians showed their youth before pulling away in the final five minutes Wednesday at Goodman Gym.

Catawba evened its record in South Atlantic Conference play to 3-3 and to 8-5 overall with an important 70-54 win over the Cobras.

Sophomore Shemya Stanbeck posted a career night, factoring in 11 of Catawba’s 24 made field goals. The Kannapolis native, who played at A.L. Brown High School, registered her first career double-double, tallying 10 points and 12 rebounds. Stanbeck controlled the up-tempo style of play that rookie Head Coach Terrence Baxter likes, dishing out six assists and committing just three turnovers.

With just one senior on the roster, the Lady Indians allowed the Cobras, which entered the contest with just two wins in 13 games and a 1-4 mark in league play, to hang around.

Taisha DeShazo added a career-high 24 points for Catawba. This is the tenth time this season the Martinsville, Va., native finished in double figures. She grabbed five boards and registered five steals.

Leading 52-49 with eight minutes, 49 seconds left in regulation, Catawba clamped down on defense and salted away the victory, scoring 18 of the final 23 points. Coker’s Haley Kropp drained a 3-pointer with 5:37 left, cutting her team’s deficit to 60-54, but went scoreless the rest of the way.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair, tallying four ties and seven lead changes. Talia Barnes gave Catawba the lead for good at 33-31 with 1:53 left in the opening 20 minutes. Anna Gardner’s jumper beat the horn, ending the first half and providing the Lady Indians with a 3-point cushion at 35-32.

Despite staying within striking distance, Catawba maintained a lead over the final two quarters.

Barnes narrowly missed a double-double, totaling 18 points and nine rebounds. Madison Hallman was the fourth Lady Indian to finish in double-figures. She added 10 points, five steals, four rebounds and three assists.

Coker’s Kropp went 7-of-11 from the field and finished with 24 points, while Shay Jackson recorded a team-high 10 rebounds.

Inside the Numbers:
- Catawba outscored Coker 40-20 in the paint and 19-3 on second-chance points.
- The Lady Indians forced 25 turnovers, converting those into 22 points, while allowing 11 points on 14 miscues.
- Coker went 6-of-9 (66.7 percent) from the field in the first quarter, but went 13-of-36 (36.1 percent) the rest of the way.
- Catawba went 19-of-29 (65.5 percent) at the free-throw line, while Coker shot 60 percent (9-of-15).

Next Up:
The Lady Indians host Lincoln Memorial Saturday at 2 p.m.

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