Basketball (W)

Women's Basketball Can't Overcome Cold Shooting Night in Semifinal Loss to Tusculum

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GREENEVILLE, Tenn. -- Catawba struggled through an off shooting night and fell to Tusculum 60-53 in a semfinal of the 2021 Pilot Flying J South Atlantic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament on Thursday night at Pioneer Arena. The host and second-seeded Pioneers improve to 17-3 and advance to Sunday’s championship game. Third-seeded Catawba falls to 10-3 and puts its hands in the selection committee to see if it will get an at-large bid on Sunday night to the Southeast Regional.

Both teams were cold in the opening quarter, shooting under 30% with Tusculum holding a 13-12 lead after 10 minutes. In the second quarter, Catawba managed to make just two shots, shooting 14%, while Tusuclum canned nearly 42% to move out to a 29-21 edge at the break.

Despite Tusculum continuing to outshoot the Lady Indians, Catawba was down just 35-32 after a layup by Janiya Downs at the 4:07 mark of the third quarter. The Pioneers held on to the lead and Catawba headed to the final quarter down 44-36.

Catawba was never able to make a charge in the final 10 minutes. Two free throws by Sara McIntosh made it 44-38, but Mya Bellon hit a three-pointer and following a basket by Aliyah Miller the lead was 49-38 with 8:17 left.

The Lady Indians held Tusculum to only four points over the next six minutes, but could only get a basket by McIntosh, a free throw by Downs and a bucket by Mercedes Wampler to trail 53-43 with 2:26 to go. The Pioneers did enough at the line in the final minute to put the win away.

Downs led Catawba with 18 points, making six of her 12 shots with a pair of three-pointers. McIntosh made 3-of-5, but the remainder of the team hit on just eight of 38 attempts. Shemya Stanback added 11 points with Lyrik Thorne scoring 10.

Tusculum got 22 points and 10 rebounds from Maddie Sutton. Jalia Arnwine talliled 13 points and Marta Rodrigues tossed in 10. 

Catawba did hold a 39-31 edge on the boards and gave Tusculum only four offensive rebounds and no second-chance points, but were only a plus-two in turnover margin. The Lady Indians would shoot 31% to Tusuclum’s 44%.

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1
April 1

Tennis (W) @ Newberry 0-7

Soccer (W) @ Coker 1-0

Soccer (M) @ Coker 2-1

2
April 2

Baseball @ Mars Hill 12-1

Softball NEWBERRY 5-4

Baseball @ Mars Hill 12-6

Softball NEWBERRY 8-7

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April 3

Lacrosse (M) @ Mars Hill 16-8

Baseball @ Mars Hill 13-1

Baseball @ Mars Hill 11-0

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April 5

Tennis (W) TUSCULUM 2-5

Soccer (W) WINGATE (SAC Tournament - Quarterfinals) 2-1

6
April 6

Baseball @ Wingate 0-8

Baseball @ Wingate 5-2

7
April 7

Softball WINGATE 3-4

Tennis (W) @ Wingate 0-7

Softball WINGATE 5-2

Lacrosse (M) COKER 12-13

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April 8

Soccer (W) LENOIR-RHYNE (SAC Tournament - Semifinals) 0-1

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April 9

Track/Field @ Flames Invitational - Day 1

Soccer (M) SHAW 3-2

Softball @ UVA Wise 10-6

Softball @ UVA Wise 2-3

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April 10

Track/Field @ NC A&T Invite

Track/Field @ Flames Invitational - Day 2

Tennis (W) vs. Carson-Newman (Lake Norman Tennis Center) 1-6

11
April 11

Baseball UVA WISE 1 p.m.

Baseball UVA WISE 4 p.m.

12
April 12

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Woodlake GC ) 8 a.m.

Softball @ Carson-Newman 1 p.m.

Baseball UVA WISE 1 p.m.

Softball @ Carson-Newman 3 p.m.

Baseball UVA WISE 4 p.m.

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April 13

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Woodlake GC ) 8:30 a.m.

Baseball MOUNT OLIVE 4 p.m.

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April 14

Softball @ Queens 1 p.m.

Softball @ Queens 3 p.m.

Beach Volleyball SPARTANBURG METHODIST 4 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) WINGATE 6 p.m.

Beach Volleyball SPARTANBURG METHODIST 6 p.m.

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Beach Volleyball @ Small College Championships

Softball COKER 3 p.m.

Baseball ANDERSON 4 p.m.

Softball COKER 5 p.m.

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April 17

Beach Volleyball @ Small College Championships

Baseball ANDERSON 2 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) QUEENS 4 p.m.

Baseball ANDERSON 5 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) QUEENS 7 p.m.

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April 18

Beach Volleyball @ Small College Championships

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April 19

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Woodlake GC ) 8 a.m.

Baseball v. Belmont Abbey (Atrium Health Ballpark) 6 p.m.

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April 20

Lacrosse (M) SAC Tournament (1st Round)

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Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Woodlake GC ) 8:30 a.m.

Softball BELMONT ABBEY 1 p.m.

Softball BELMONT ABBEY 3 p.m.

Baseball @ UNC Pembroke 6 p.m.

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April 21

Beach Volleyball ST. ANDREWS 5 p.m.

Beach Volleyball ST. ANDREWS 7 p.m.

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April 22

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

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April 23

Softball @ SAC Tournemant

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Lacrosse (M) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

Beach Volleyball Erskine vs. CVCC 2 p.m.

Beach Volleyball CVCC 5 p.m.

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April 24

Softball @ SAC Tournament

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships - Day 1 9 a.m.

Beach Volleyball ERSKINE 9:30 a.m.

Beach Volleyball Free Volleyball Clinic (Beach & Indoor) 11:30 a.m.

Beach Volleyball ERSKINE 2:30 p.m.

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April 25

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships - Day 2 9:30 a.m.

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Championship) 1 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) @ SAC Tournament (Championship) 4 p.m.

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April 26

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

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April 27

Beach Volleyball SANDHILLS CC 4 p.m.

Beach Volleyball SANDHILLS CC 6 p.m.

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April 29

Beach Volleyball Tusculum vs. Carson-Newman 11 a.m.

Beach Volleyball LINCOLN MEMORIAL 1 p.m.

Beach Volleyball Carson-Newman vs. Lincoln Memorial 4 p.m.

Beach Volleyball TUSCULUM 6 p.m.

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April 30

Beach Volleyball Lincoln Memorial vs. Tusculum 11 a.m.

Beach Volleyball CARSON-NEWMAN 1 p.m.

Beach Volleyball Tusculum vs. Carson-Newman 4 p.m.

Beach Volleyball LINCOLN MEMORIAL 6 p.m.

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