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College women’s basketball: Catawba stays tied for first in SAC

Staff report

CHARLOTTE — Catawba’s women’s basketball team stayed tied for first place in the South Atlantic Conference on Wednesday with a 70-57 road win at Queens.

Taisha DeShazo broke out of a shooting slump with three 3-pointers and 16 points to lead the 13th-ranked Indians (13-1, 8-1), who stayed tied for first with Anderson.

Post players Talia Barnes and Sara McIntosh combined for 21 points for Catawba. Madi Hallman made three 3-pointers.

Shemya Stanback didn’t have a good shooting night, but had team highs of seven rebounds, five steals and two assists.

Catawba trailed early, 10-7, but a layup by McIntosh triggered a 13-0 run for a double-digit lead. Janiya Downs capped that run with a three-point play.

Catawba led 35-31 at halftime.

Keyotta Garris made a layup to give the Indians  a 60-51 lead after three quarters.

Catawba held Queens scoreless the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and was able to pull away. A 3-pointer by DeShazo gave the Indians a 14-point lead with 5:24 remaining.

Catawba shot 37.7 percent and was 6-for-21 on 3-pointers. The Indians went 18-for-25 at the foul line and forced 27 turnovers.

Julia Raflund led the Royals (3-12, 2-7) with 17 points.

Catawba is home against Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday at 2 p.m.

CATAWBA (70) – DeShazo 16, Barnes 11, McIntosh 10, Hallman 9, Thorne 6, Downs 6, Stanback 6, Garris 4, Gardner 2, Ford, Sawyers, Stevenson, Wampler, Phillips, Bruce.

QUEENS (57) — Raflund 17, Eanes 10,  Leedle 9, Stevens 8, McMillian 8, Fields 3, Moore 2, Sexton, Shire.

Catawba  20  15   25   10  — 70

Queens    12  19   20    6   — 57

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