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Women's Basketball Can't Overcome Slow Start in Loss to Barton

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HICKORY, N.C. -- Catawba struggled with its shooting touch and came up short in a 58-49 loss to Barton in the final game of the SAC/CC Women’s Basketball Challenge on Saturday afternoon at Lenoir-Rhyne’s Shuford Gym. Barton improves to 2-0, while the Lady Indians fall to 1-1.

Catawba hit on just five of 28 field goal attempts in the first half, shooting just 18% and falling behind 27-17. The Bulldogs scored the first five points and would lead the entire game, taking a 15-7 edge after a quarter.

The Lady Indians trimmed an 11-point deficit to just two in the third quarter, but that was as close as Catawba got which came with 4:05 left in the quarter after a pair of free throws by Marshauna Butler. Barton would go back up by eight heading into the final stanza where the Bulldogs led by double digits most of the quarter.

Freshman Talia Barnes led Catawba with 10 points. Serena Brown pushed for a triple double, finishing with nine points, eight rebounds and six assists. Butler and Madison Hallman also scored nine points for Catawba, who shot just 29% (17-of-58) for the game.

Barton connected on 40% (20-of-50) of its shots. Dinah Hall led the way with 21 points, while Tatyana Jackson added 16.

Catawba next plays at Fayetteville State on Wednesday at 6 pm.

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