Basketball (W)

Women's Basketball Takes First Loss of the Season 69-68

Salisbury, NC -- It was a wild one inside Goodman Gym Saturday afternoon as the Catawba women's basketball team (10-1, 5-1 SAC) suffered their first loss of the season to Carson Newman (8-4, 4-2 SAC) 69-68. The game came down to the final seconds as Shemya Stanback made a two pointer, however the shot was ruled after the buzzer as the Eagles took home the victory.

The contest was tight throughout as both teams went back and forth trading the lead. Carson-Newman held a one point halftime lead with the help of Kayla Marosites and Harli Smith. Marosites finished the game with 18 points while Smith put up 10.

The Eagles also dominated the paint in half number one by out-scoring Catawba 12-6. Taisha DeShazo had a strong first half for the Indians scoring 12 of her 16 points.

Half number two would be no different as both teams traded the lead multiple times. Catawba would stay hot in the third quarter and out-score the Eagles 20-13. Talia Barnes and Keyotta Garris led the Indians in scoring in the period with 4 points each.

Carson-Newman would rebound in the fourth to tie the game at 61 and take the teams to overtime. Marosites would lead the comeback for the Eagles with 5 fourth quarter points.

In overtime the Indians would struggle from the offensive end. In the final seconds, Carson-Newman would take a one point lead with less than ten seconds to play. Stanbeck would then take a 10 footer that hit the rim and bounced back to her. She would attempt to put up a second shot, but the buzzer sounded right before she could get her shot away and the bucked would not count.

Catawba's free throw shooting would make a big difference in the outcome. The Indians shot just 57% while the Eagles shot 78%. For the game, Catawba shot 29% from the floor and 31% from three-point land.

Up next for the Indians is a road game at Coker on January 8th. Gametime is set for 5:30 pm.

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