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College Basketball: Mars Hill women 77, Catawba 68

From staff reports
Catawba’s women’s basketball team lost to Mars Hill 77-68 at Goodman Gym on Saturday.
The Lions shot 61 percent in the second half to overcome a seven-point deficit and put the game away by making eight free throws in the last two minutes.
Catawba led 35-30 at halftime.
Catawba (10-6, 2-3) was sparked by Nisha Long, who was 11-for-12 at the line and scored 19 points. Brittany Higgins scored 12 points, while Cameron Clark and Pamela Muldrow added 10 apiece.
Bria Smith scored 20 points for Mars Hill (9-7, 2-3), while the SAC’s leading scorer Brittini Young added 16 points. Young, who played at East Rowan as a freshman before transferring to Eastern Randolph, was 9-for-10 at the foul line and had seven rebounds, four assists and four steals.
The Indians shot 30 percent in the second half and were outrebounded 44-33. Jessica Blanford, who played at Concord Jay M. Robinson, had 12 rebounds for the Lions.
MARS HILL (77) ó Smith 20, Young 16, Blanford 9, Okunowo 8, Deal 7, Williams 6, Terry 5, Francis 4, Clevenger 2.
CATAWBA (68) ó N. Long 19, Higgins 12, Muldrow 10, Clark 10, Hicks 9, K. Long 4, Whitley 2, Sullivan 2, Connor, Crane.
Mars Hill 30 47 ó 77
Catawba 35 33 ó 68
n SAC roundup
Jasmine Gunn scored 20 points as Carson-Newman upset No. 5 Tusculum 90-87.
n Denise Moore scored 18 points to lead Lenoir-Rhyne to a 71-51 victory against Lincoln Memorial.
n Kurie Washington scored 28 points as Wingate outscored Brevard 94-88.n Livingstone women
Livingstone’s women’s basketball team knocked off CIAA foe Bowie State 64-63 at Trent Gym on Saturday.
Brittany Wright and Elicia Gilliam had double-doubles for the Blue Bears (3-11).
Wright had 11 points and 14 rebounds, while Gilliam had 11 points and 10 boards.
Two free throws by Wright with 18 seconds left broke a 60-60 tie and put the Blue Bears ahead to stay.
Asheka Hudson made two free throws with 7.5 seconds remaining to give Livingstone a 64-61 lead. Bowie’s Denisha Kenion had an opportunity for a three-point play with two seconds left but missed a free throw that could have forced overtime.
Bianca Lee scored 25 points for the Bulldogs.
BOWIE STATE (63) ó Lee 25, Robinson 15, Kenion 9, Hill 4, Turner 4, Walker 4, Hill 4, Phataphong 2.
LIVINGSTONE (64) ó Hudson 12, Gilliam 11, Wright 11, Rhodes 11, Shaw 6, Harrison 5, Johnson 4, McBride 2, Elbourne 2.Bowie State 29 34 ó 63
Livingstone 30 34 ó 64
n Pfeiffer women
Pfeiffer’s women’s basketball team lost at Queens 81-64 in a Conference Carolinas game on Saturday.
Shanee Purnell scored 17 points for the Falcons. Devona Knight had 11 points, and Nicole Maready (Davie) scored nine.
Erin Goldner scored 23 points to top the Royals.
n Rowan college players
Meredith’s Brittany Cornelius (East Rowan) scored 19 points and had five rebounds in a 76-56 loss against Christopher Newport on Saturday.
n Sophilia Hipps (North Rowan) scored 11 points for South Carolina State in a 67-62 MEAC loss against Hampton on Saturday.
n Tracey Croner (East) scored nine points for Guilford in an 84-64 loss to Randolph-Macon on Friday.
n Reneé Roberson (West Rowan) had four points and four rebounds for Lees-McRae in a 67-64 loss against Mount Olive on Saturday.
n Saybah Sammy (Salisbury) had four points, four steals and five rebounds in 10 minutes as Fayetteville State rolled over Elizabeth City State 102-67 on Saturday.

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