Basketball (W)

Lady Indians set for Clash at Tusculum

SALISBURY, N.C. – Heading into the final five weeks of the 2018-19 South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball regular season, Catawba and Tusculum face-off in a crucial contest Saturday.

Tip-off is at 2 p.m. in Greeneville, Tennessee at Pioneer Arena.

The Lady Indians own a 10-7 mark overall, while the Pioneers boast a 12-7 record. With 10 games remaining in conference play, both teams are in a three-way tie for fifth place with Newberry at 5-5 in league play. The top eight teams qualify for the SAC Championship and the three teams own a one-game advantage over Lenoir-Rhyne, which holds the final spot at 4-6. Coker is one game behind the Bears at 3-7.

Catawba looks for its second-consecutive win for the first time in over a month, after defeating rival Lenoir-Rhyne 82-74 in Hickory, North Carolina Wednesday. The Lady Indians defeated Tusculum (Dec. 1), Livingstone (Dec. 5) and Mars Hill (Dec. 15), sweeping the three-game homestand. Since the Mars Hill victory, Catawba posted a 5-4 mark in the last nine games, alternating wins and losses.

Tusculum is 6-4 in the last ten contests but dropped three of the last four. The Pioneers dropped a one-point decision at Lincoln Memorial, 76-75.

Media Information:
Radio: Catawba Radio Network (WSAT 103.3fm 1280am Salisbury // WEGO 98.3fm 1410am Concord) Lance Poole (play-by-play)
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Series History:
46th All-Time Meeting
Overall: Catawba leads 23-22
Current Win Steak: Catawba 5
Last 10: Catawba 7-3

Last Meeting:
Catawba won 64-51, Dec. 1, 2018 in Salisbury, N.C.

Leading by one with 6:21 left in the opening 20 minutes of action, Catawba closed the half on a 14-3 run. The Lady Indians shut down Tusculum’s offense for nearly six minutes, stretching Catawba’s lead to 36-24 at the break.

The Pioneers chipped away at the deficit, getting as close as five with two minutes left in the third frame, before Catawba salted the game away with a run of its own. 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.

Sophomore center Talia Barnes sparked Catawba with a double-double, scoring 20 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. 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.

Scouting Catawba:
Catawba is 3-6 away from Goodman Gym, with the only conference victory coming last time out. At home, the Lady Indians outscore their opponents by 14.5 points, netting 73.1 points and allowing 58.6. Overall the team hits 40.5 percent of shot attempts, including 33.5 percent from long distance. The struggles come on the road, where they allow 73.2 points per game, while averaging 65.7 points. Catawba shoots 35.2 percent from the field, including 25.1 percent from 3-point range away from home.

Taisha DeShazo and Talia Barnes are the only two Lady Indians that average double digit scoring. DeShazo leads the team with 13.8 points and Barnes adds 12.3. Madison Hallman narrowly misses double digits with 9.9 points per game.

Scouting Tusculum:
Tusculum leads the conference with 14.2 steals per contest. The Pioneers lead the league in 3-point attempts at 24.8 per game and make the third most (7.8), while holding their opponents to a league low 26.5 percent of their attempts from long range.

Mia Long paces Tusculum with 13.3 points per game, followed by Sydney Wilson with 12.2. Callie Patterson averages 11.2 points and Kendrea Duke drops in 10.1 a game.

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