Catawba women roll

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 6, 2007

By Horace Billings

Salisbury Post

Catawba combined a sparkling offense with a tight defense to take a 73-39 victory over Brevard College in a non-conference basketball game Saturday at Goodman Gym.

The Indians roared off to a 30-point lead at halftime and coasted to the win. It was the 11th win against two losses for the Indians, and the loss left Brevard with a 2-13 record.

Catawba canned 50.9 percent of its shots and went 5-of-8 from 3-point range.

At the same time, Catawba allowed Brevard only 13 field goals — seven in the first half and six in the second. The visitors made 26.5 percent from the field.

Coach Angie Morton of Catawba used all 14 team members, and 13 of them took part in the scoring.

Hillary Hampton led the way with 14 points. She got 11 of them in the first half. She also showed off her long-range shooting ability by making all four of her 3-point attempts.

Brittany Higgins followed with nine points, all in the first half.

“We are pleased with the win,” Morton said. “We shot well in the first half when we scored 50 points. … We played everybody, and all of them contributed.”

The Indians allowed 20 points in the first half and 19 in the second half.

Catawba jumped off to a quick 11-0 lead as Higgins scored eight points. The Indians did not let up. They stayed well ahead the rest of the way.

Hampton fired in three of her 3-pointers late in the first half, sparking Catawba to the 50-20 lead at intermission. Catawba stretched its lead to 66-26 midway through the second half and maintained a 40-point lead at 71-31 with 5:13 remaining.

It was the final non-conference game for the Indians.

Catawba goes to Wingate on Monday night for a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader. The Indians will be at home Wednesday in a twin bill against Tusculum.

BREVARD (39) –Russell 10, Thrift 10, Krogman 9, Wharton 5, Horne 3, Elmore 2.

CATAWBA (73) — Hampton 14, Higgins 9, Childs 8, Howard 6, Foster 6, Colombo 5, Whitley 4, Clark 4, Muldrow 4, Easter 4, LoSauro 4, Bartlett 3, Baxter 2, Tackett.

Brevard 20 19 — 39

Catawba 50 23 — 73