Basketball (W)

Indians Win a Tight One Over Tusculum to Improve to 16-1

Salisbury, NC -- In a wild fight to the end, the Catawba women's basketball team (16-1, 11-1 SAC) extended their win total to 16 as they defeated Tusculum (14-4, 9-3 SAC) 53-52 inside Goodman Gym Saturday afternoon. Defense was the key for the Indians as they held off a solid Pioneers offense throughout the game.

The first quarter was a struggle offensively for Catawba as they scored 13 points. As a team the Indians shot 28% from the field. Tusculum on the other hand shot 53% and scored 22 points to take a 9 point lead to the second period.

Quarter number two was almost the exact opposite as the Indians offense got rolling and would cut the lead to one at the half. Shemya Stanback scored 4 of her 7 points in the period. Emily Phillips hit a clutch three pointer late in the quarter to close the gap before halftime.

Despite scoring just 10 points in the third quarter, Catawba shot 4-7 (57%) from the floor. The defense was solid again and held Tusculum to 12 points as the Pioneers took a 3 point lead into the fourth.

The final period saw another offensive struggle from both teams. Coming down the stretch, Tusculum held a 2 point lead with less than 30 seconds to play. With the clock winding down Taisha DeShazo drove to the rim and scored while drawing a foul. She would hit the following free throw to give the Indians a one point lead. Tusculum then took the ball down the court for the final play of the game. Jalia Arnwine took a corner three that came up short as the buzzer sounded and Catawba took home the win.

Sydney Wilson and Mia Long scored 11 points to lead Tusculum. Meanwhile DeShazo would lead the Indians with 10 points. Catawba shot 41% for the game while shooting just 23% from long range. The Indians held a big advantage in the paint, out-scoring the Pioneers 30-18.

Catawba looks to extend its winning ways next week as they travel to Newberry January 29th. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 pm.

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