Basketball (W)

Newberry Outlasts Catawba 76-68

SALISBURY, N.C. – This time of year, moral victories are of little consequence for the Catawba women’s basketball team.

After losing a fourth-quarter lead to the more experienced Newberry squad, disappointment was evident on the player’s faces Wednesday at Goodman Gym.

Catawba (10-9, 5-7) remains two games ahead of Coker for eighth place in the South Atlantic Conference, with Coker’s loss to Wingate Wednesday. Newberry (13-6, 7-5) moved into sole possession of fifth place with the 76-68 win.

The Wolves capitalized on their experience, sticking to the game plan, while the Lady Indians became unnerved and lost what was successful in the first three quarters.

A triple and a lay-up by the Wolves in the first 34 seconds of the final period, erased the Lady Indians five-point lead, enroute to a 76-68 victory for the visitors. This was just the second home defeat for Catawba this season and the first time the Lady Indians dropped back-to-back games since the first two contests of the season.

Catawba began taking more jumpers, instead of feeding the ball inside to Talia Barnes and Taisha DeShazo. Barnes matched her career high with 21 points but she did not tally any in the final quarter, while DeShazo netted just four of her 18 in the last 10 minutes.

Madison Hallman nearly had a double-double with nine points and nine assists, which matched her career best for helpers but eight came in the first three periods.

After withstanding a barrage of 3-point baskets by the Wolves in the first half, Catawba went to the locker room within striking distance at 41-39.

Trailing by four with 6:59 left in the period, the Lady Indians closed with a 12-3 run, grabbing their biggest lead of the contest at 58-53.

Knotted at 58-58 with 9:26 left in regulation, the Wolves salted away the win, outscoring Catawba 15-8 over the next six-plus minutes.

Shelby Britten led Newberry with 16 points, while Kelsey McDermott netted 13. Regan McCarty finished with 10.

Inside the Numbers:
- Catawba went 18-of-39 (46.2 percent) from the field in the first three quarters before making just three of the 16 attempts (18.8 percent) in the final 10 minutes.
- Newberry shot 85.7 percent (12-of-14) from the charity stripe, including 90 percent (9-of-10) in the final quarter.
- The Lady Indians outscored the Wolves in the paint (30-28), off turnovers (15-7), second-chance points (12-9) and fast-break points (8-6).
- Newberry won the battle of the boards, outrebounding Catawba 39-25.

Next Up:
Catawba gets a seven-day break from competition before hosting Wingate at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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