Women’s Basketball: Catawba loses to Lincoln Memorial

Published 12:31 am Sunday, January 17, 2016

Staff report

SALISBURY — A modest, three-game winning streak for Catawba’s women’s basketball team crashed and burned on Saturday with a flurry of late mistakes at Goodman Gym.
Catawba fell, 64-60, to visiting Lincoln Memorial, a setback that sunk the Indians (7-9, 4-6) to ninth place in the 12-team South Atlantic Conference.
Lincoln Memorial (9-6, 6-4) got four points on one late trip down the floor to swing the game around and moved into a tie for third in the SAC.
The Railsplitters out-rebounded the Indians 26-14 in the first half and held Catawba post standout Terri Rogers to two points. LMU’s lead at the break was 28-23.
The third quarter was all Catawba. Bri Johnson sparked the Indians, and when Alex Newbold converted a three-point play off a nice pass by Serena Brown, the Indians grabbed the lead. Johnson finished the quarter with a steal-layup combination, and Catawba took a 42-38 lead to the final period.
Rogers went to work in the fourth quarter. Catawba led 53-47 after her layup with 6:29 remaining. Another Rogers layup made it 55-50 Indians with 3:22 left.
Catawba led 58-55 with 1:14 remaining when Johnson missed a driving layup, and Rogers missed the follow shot. Johnson was whistled for a foul, and Shea Coker made two free throws to get Lincoln Memorial within a single point.
Catawba still had a 58-57 lead and the ball, but then Coker stood her ground and took a charge against Catawba’s Zhaquondalee Greer with 40 seconds left.
The disaster for the Indians came with 28 seconds left on the clock.
LMU’s Britney Guy made a 3-pointer from the top of the wheel just as Catawba’s Jada Huntley was called for a foul trying to box out LMU’s Megan Pittman, the SAC’s leading rebounder. The 3-pointer put LMU ahead 60-58. Then Pittman made one free throw for a four-point trip and a 61-58 lead.
Catawba got a quick two from Rogers to get within one. Then Guy made one of two free throws for a 62-60 LMU lead with 17 seconds left.
Catawba stayed calm andgot the ball inside, but Rogers missed. She recovered the rebound, but Greer was called for a walk as she tried to control a pass in the left corner.
With eight seconds left, Coker clinched victory for LMU by making two free throws.
Guy scored 23 for the Railsplitters. Coker had 15 points, while Pittman had 16 boards.
Johnson scored 17 for Catawba. Rogers and Huntley contributed identical stats — 14 points and eight rebounds. Serena Brown had six assists.
Lincoln Memorial out-rebounded the Indians 48-32 for the game and 16-9 on offensive rebounds. Catawba had a big advantage in the turnover battle (17-9) but 34.5-percent shooting wasn’t good enough.

LINCOLN MEMORIAL (64)
Guy 23, Coker 15, Kelly 8, Pittman 6, Harding 6, Mathis 3, Smith 2, Beasley 1.
CATAWBA (60)
Johnson 17, Huntley 14, Rogers 14, Greer 6, Newbold 5, S. Brown 3, Hodges 1, K. Brown, Ucinski, Dixon, Tamasauskaite.

Lincoln Memorial 15 13 10 26 — 64
Catawba 8 15 19 18 — 60

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