Darden's career-high helps Women's Basketball to win over WingateSALISBURY, NC -- Catawba College built a 28-point second half lead and made it stick, topping Wingate University 77-63 in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action at Goodman Gym on Wednseday night. The win was the 19th straight at home for Catawba and the 31st consecutive regular-season home in. The Lady Indians stay in second place in the league with the win, improving to 12-3 overall and 3-1 in the SAC. Wingate falls to 8-5 and 1-3.Catawba sophomore forward Danyel Locklear (Pembroke, NC) and freshman guard Isiaette Darden (Wilson, NC) had 18 points, with Darden notching a career-high, hitting on 8-of-12 shots, including a pair of three-pointers. Two other Catawba players hit double digits. Indian junior forward Dorthell Little (Rockingham, NC) had a double-double with 12 points and equaling a career-high with 18 rebounds, while junior guard Lynn Morancie (Houston, TX) equaled her season-high with 12 points.
For Wingate, senior center Elizabeth Biedrycki (Charlotte, NC) led the way with 18 points and a career-high tying 20 rebounds, her 10th double-double of the season. Bulldog senior forward Elizabeth Rogers (Raleigh, NC) contributed 13 points.
Wingate surged out to a quick 10-2 lead in the opening four minutes, but the Lady Indians regrouped and went on a 9-0 run to grab a 11-10 lead midway through the period. Catawba would outscore the Bulldogs 13-3 over the final five minutes of the half to lead 34-23 at the break.
The Lady Indians dominated the early part of the final half, building a 60-32 lead on a jumper by Darden with 11:36 remaining in the contest. Wingate responded with a 25-6 run, capped by a Rogers lay-up with 3:34 to play. The inside hoop by Rogers cut the deficit to 66-57. The Bulldogs would get no closer, as Catawba senior guard Ella Pasola (Vantaa, FINLAND) hit a three-pointer and a lay-up to make it 71-57 with 2:53 to play. The Bulldogs did not get the lead below double-figures again.