Basketball (W)

Darden sparks Women's Basketball win with 17 points off the bench

SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba College got 17 points off the bench from junior Isiaette Darden (Wilson, NC) and held off visiting Carson-Newman 73-63 in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym. Catawba improves to 13-7 overall and 5-2 in the SAC with the win, while the Lady Eagles fall to 8-12 and 3-4. Darden scored 12 of her points in the final half and hit a pair of three-pointers to aid the Lady Indian cause. Catawba held a 28-27 lead at the break despite hitting on just 29.7% of its shots. The Lady Indians built an eight-point cushion in the opening seven minutes of the final half and aided by Darden, who scored 10 of 15 points during a 3:20 span, spurted to a 57-42 lead with 8:23 left. Carson-Newman trailed by 13 with 5:32 remaining and by nine with 3:37 left. Senior Andrea Fitzgerald (Memphis, TN) scored nine straight Lady Eagle points to begin a late rally. Her three-pointer with 2:54 left cut the margin to 64-58. Amy Cate (Strawberry Plains, TN) hit a free throw then converted a three-point play with 1:28 remaining to bring Carson-Newman within 64-62. Ashley Cox (Richmond, VA), who dished out eight assists for the game, hit a free throw for Catawba with 1:12 left and after a missed shot by Carson-Newman, Danyel Locklear (Pembroke, NC) hit a layup with 47 seconds left to push the Catawba lead to 67-62. The Lady Indians added six more free throws in the final 28 seconds to hold on for the win. Two other Lady Indians reached double figures as Christina Carmon (Stafford, VA) added a dozen off the bench and Locklear had 10 points and nine rebounds. Fitzgerald and Tiffany Parker (Newnan, GA) each had 17 points to lead the Lady Eagles. Parker added nine rebounds, while Fitzgerald totaled eight boards, five assists and four steals. #####

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