Basketball (W)

Turnovers Set Catawba Back Against Wingate

SALISBURY, N.C. – Unable to overcome 30 turnovers in their game against Wingate, Catawba women’s basketball suffered a 56-41 setback Wednesday at Goodman Gym.

The Lady Indians dropped to .500 on the season at 10-10 and 5-8 in the South Atlantic Conference, while the Bulldogs improved to 16-5 overall and 11-3 in the league.

Catawba failed to convert on the first six possessions, less than three minutes into the contest. The Lady Indians missed three shots and turned the ball over the other three times, falling behind Wingate, 8-0.

Back-to-back shots by Taisha DeShazo and Emily Phillips cut the Lady Indians’ deficit to four, before the Bulldogs closed the period on a 15-5 run. Catawba made two shots from the field in the first 10 minutes, improved to 33 percent in the second quarter, being doubled up 36-18, at the half.

Two minutes into the second half, the Lady Indians faced their largest deficit of the game at 19 points, 41-22. They scored 11 of the next 12 points, trailing by single digits, at 42-33, with 1:45 left in the third. Catawba failed to close the gap any further, as both teams struggled from the field in the final 10 minutes.

Taila Barnes led the Lady Indians with 10 points and nine rebounds. Elizabeth Webb converted four of her six attempts from the field, finishing with nine points. Shemya Stanbeck added six points, grabbed five boards and dropped three of the team’s six assists.

Caroline Averette led all scorers with 19 points, while Courtney Robinson finished with 16 for Wingate.

Inside the Numbers:
- The Bulldogs converted 30 turnovers by Catawba into 28 points.
- Catawba turned 21 Wingate miscues into 15 points.
- With the loss, the Lady Indians lost their third consecutive game, which is the longest streak of the season.
- Catawba’s loss coupled with a win by Lenoir-Rhyne’s win over Newberry, dropped the Lady Indians to eighth in the league, with seven games remaining. The top eight teams qualify for the conference tournament.

Next Up:
Catawba hits the road for two games, beginning at Mars Hill at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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