Clay playing strong at Catawba

Nathan Ham

January 30, 2014

Catawba College junior Mallary Clay is having her best season to date for the Indians.

The former Lady Husky is second on the team in scoring, averaging 10 points per game, second on the team in three-point shooting (38-percent) and the team leader in free throw shooting (89-percent).

The junior has been the leading scorer in five of Catawba’s 16 games so far this year, including three games in a row to start January. Clay scored 18 in the win over Anderson, 14 in the loss to Newberry and 17 in the loss at Brevard.

This year, Clay has started all 16 games and is second on the team in average minutes at nearly 29 a game.

In her sophomore season, Clay started just one of 27 games, but came off the bench to play 15 minutes per contest. She averaged three points and two rebounds a game.

As a team, the Indians are 8-8 overall and 6-6 in the South Atlantic Conference, but are on a three-game conference losing skid.

Mars Hill came away with a 78-76 win over the Indians, and then Wingate held Clay and her teammates to just 28-percent shooting in a 71-53 defeat.

Most recently, Catawba lost a heart-breaker in overtime to Lincoln Memorial, 72-71.

The Indians have completed the first half of the conference schedule with nine SAC games remaining down the stretch. The Indians host Carson-Newman on Feb. 1 and host Queens College on Feb. 5. After that, Catawba has three home games (Feb. 12, Feb. 19 and Feb. 22) to go along with four road contests (Feb. 8, Feb. 15, Feb. 26, March 1).

The SAC Tournament is set to start on March 5.

*Nathan Ham can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @NathanHam87.