Basketball (W)

Barnes, Hallman Sparks Lady Indians Win over Mars Hill

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MARS HILL, N.C. – In the midst of a three-game skid and needing a win, Catawba women’s basketball did that, thanks in part to a 20 point, 10 rebound performance from Talia Barnes.

The Lady Indians moved up to seventh in the league with a record of 11-10, 6-8, with the 82-61 victory over Mars Hill at Stanford Arena Saturday. The Lions are last in the league at 1-18 and winless in 14 conference games.

Not to be outdone by Barnes, Madison Hallman stuffed the stat sheet, dropping in 17 points and adding five rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Converting 63 percent from the field in the first 10 minutes of action, Catawba sprinted out to a 25-13 advantage. Despite not shooting anywhere close to that in the second period, the Lady Indians outscored the opposition 20-14 in the frame and took a comfortable 45-27 edge to the locker room.

In the second half, Mars Hill failed to capitalize on the Lady Indians’ worst period of the game offensively. Catawba increased its margin to 63-39 with 10 minutes remaining. An even fourth period saw the lead trimmed by three with the home squad winning the frame 22-19.

Mars Hill’s Mariah Johnson netted a game-high 21 points and Tatum Boggs collected a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards.

Inside the Numbers:
- Catawba hit 31-of-59 (52.5 percent) field-goal attempts, including 9-of-21 (42.9 percent) from 3-point range.
- The Indians outrebounded the Lions 49-34, including 19-4 on the offensive boards.

Next Up:
The Lady Indians wrap-up the short two-game road trip at 6 p.m. Wednesday against Coker.

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