The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team (18-6, 10-5) stayed in the hunt for the South Atlantic Conference regular season title with an 81-69 victory over Catawba (16-7, 11-4) Wednesday evening at
Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
L-R senior guard Cameron Sealey (Mount Holly, N.C.) scored all 20 of her points in the second half as the Bears rallied from a 39-28 halftime deficit to take the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman guard Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) came off the bench to score 17 points while junior guard Whitley Culler (Mount Airy, N.C.) added 15 points as the Bears moved to within one game of the first-place Indians in the SAC standings.
Four players scored in double figures for Catawba, led by Chloe Bully's (Hannut, BELGIUM) game-high 21 points, despite the loss.
The Bears used an 11-0 run early in the second half to take a 46-45 lead with 13:55 remaining on a three-pointer by Sealey.
The contest remained close until Lenoir-Rhyne strung together a 13-1 run to put the game out of reach when Sealey hit a pair of free throws for a 78-65 advantage with 2:03 left on the clock.
Catawba's Nisha Long (Dallas, N.C.) added 20 points and Dana Hicks (York, S.C.) tallied a double-double - 14 points and 11 rebounds - but L-R shot 62 percent (16-of-26) in the second half and held a 45-29 edge in rebounding in avenging an earlier loss to Catawba.
In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne plays at Brevard while Catawba returns home to face Tusculum.
LRU 81, CATAWBA 69
Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total
Catawba....................... 39 30 - 69
Lenoir-Rhyne.................. 28 53 - 81
CATAWBA: BULLY 21, LONG 20, CONNER 10, MERRITT 2, HICKS 14 (11 REBOUNDS), LEWIS 2. FG: 28-64, 3FG: 5-19, FT: 8-14. 29 REBOUNDS, 13 TURNOVERS, 13 ASSISTS.
LRU: BONGIORNO 3, SEALEY 20 (8 REBOUNDS), KATT 6, CULLER 15, LAUGHTER 9, GUST 2, PATTON 3, BRINKLEY 6, CHARLES 17. FG: 28-60, 3FG: 4-12, FT: 21-27. 45 REBOUNDS, 17 TURNOVERS, 14 ASSISTS.
Blackmon Scores 21, Bears Fall By Six
The Catawba College Men's Basketball Team (7-16, 4-11) pulled off a 66-60 upset over Lenoir-Rhyne University (12-12, 8-7) Wednesday night in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Catawba's Keon Moore (Colerain, N.C.), last year's league freshman of the year, finished with a team-high 24 points and the Indians held off a late Bears' rally en route to the win.
L-R senior forward D.J. Blackmon (Albemarle, N.C.) led all scorers with a season-high 25 points on nine-of-11 shooting and junior forward B.J. Beasley (Charlotte, N.C.) added 10 points in the loss.
Catawba built a 43-27 lead, its largest of the game, on a lay-up by Tyrece Little (Greenville, N.C.) with 16:29 left before Lenoir-Rhyne began to rally.
Lenoir-Rhyne's long comeback ended with Beasley hitting a lay-up with 34 seconds left to cut the margin to 63-60 but the Bears couldn't get any closer the rest of the way.
Moore sank three free throws in the final 19 seconds to secure the victory for Catawba, who rebounded from a home loss to Lenoir-Rhyne earlier in the regular season.
Catawba also connected on eight three-pointers on the night and held a 37-29 edge in rebounding in the victory as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne plays league-foe Brevard in Brevard, N.C., while Catawba next hosts Tusculum. Both conference contests are slated to tip-off at 4:00 p.m., on Saturday afternoon.
CATAWBA 66, LRU 60
Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total
Catawba....................... 34 32 - 66
Lenoir-Rhyne.................. 23 37 - 60
CATAWABA: LITTLE 6 (10 REBOUNDS), HUNTLEY 5, THOMSON 8, MOORE 24 (9 REBOUNDS), STRICKLAND 5, LOVELACE 3, MARTIN 8 (6 REBOUNDS), GILMORE 7. FG: 23-55, 3FG: 8-17, FT: 12-18. 37 REBOUNDS, 12 TURNOVERS, 11 ASSISTS.
LRU: McKENZIE 2, DAVIS 2, BLACKMON 25, BEASLEY 10, McCLURE 6, HATHCOCK 2, THOMAS 2, JONES 9, KUNZ 2. FG: 23-50, 3FG: 3-10, FT: 11-17. 29 REBOUNDS, 12 TURNOVERS, 17 ASSISTS.