Basketball (W)

Lady Indians Overcome Fourth Quater Deficit

SALISBURY, N.C. – Young teams look for that season-defining moment. Wednesday’s win over Queens points them in the right direction for the rest of the 2018-19 campaign.

Trailing the last-place team in the South Atlantic Conference by eight points with five minutes, one second remaining, the Lady Indians pulled out a 74-71 win at Goodman Gym Wednesday.

Catawba, which has one senior and three juniors on the 12-man roster, evened its mark in the SAC at 4-4 and 9-6 overall. The Royals remained winless in league play through eight games and registered five victories in 14 contest overall.

Lade Adepoju’s lay-up gave Queens its biggest lead of the game at 67-59, half-way through the final quarter.

Taisha DeShazo’s 3-point field goal, capped an 8-0 run by the Lady Indians in 1:59, knotting the score at 67-67, with 3:02 left. Catawba’s leading scorer on the season, struggled from the field, hitting just one of her first eight shots from the field, before burying the contested jumper.

After Mercedes Wampler gave the Lady Indians the lead for the final time with a lay-up, Madison Hallman salted the game away at the charity stripe. Catawba’s best free-throw shooter, converted 5-of-6 attempts, including four in a row down the stretch.

DeShazo secured the victory when she blocked a game-tying 3-point attempt by Ceara Leavai with six seconds left. Hallman held the ball as the clock ran down to zeros.

Talia Barnes led Catawba with 18 points and eight rebounds. Wampler netted 14 points and Hallman added 13. Emily Phillips set a new career high in points with eight. Her previous high was seven, which came in Saturday’s game against Lincoln Memorial.

Adepoju and Tia McMillian netted over half of the Royals points with a combined 36. Adepoju registered a game-high 22 points, while McMillian accounted for 14.

Inside the Numbers:
- Catawba registered its best shooting performance from the field of the season at 49.1 percent (26-53).
- The Lady Indians opened and closed the game at the free throw, scoring eight of their first 10 points and the last five at the free-throw line.
- Catawba outscored Queens 38-26 in the paint and 22-8 on the fast-break.
- The Lady Indians converted 22 turnovers by the Royals into 26 points, while allowing 17 points on 19 miscues.

Next Up:
Catawba hits the road for the next three games, beginning Saturday in Anderson, S.C. Tip-off against nationally ranked No. 21 Anderson is at 2 p.m.

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