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WCU Basketball Coaches, Hunter and Harper, to Speak at Catamount Coaches' Luncheon on Wednesday

Nov. 13, 2007

CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina Head Basketball Coaches Kellie Harper and Larry Hunter will be the featured speakers at the Catamount Coaches Luncheon beginning at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Cat's Den on the WCU campus.

The Cats' Den is a leisure space for students and the WCU community which is decorated with Catamount sports memorabilia and photos of past Western legends.

Each week's luncheon will feature a buffet-style lunch beginning at 11:45 am and will last until approximately 1:00 pm. Head coaches from WCU's athletic programs will be the keynote speakers at each event offering insight into their seasons and "X's and O's" from their respective sport, as well as answering questions from those in attendance.

Both clubs opened the regular season last weekend. Women's basketball opened the 2007-08 season at home on Friday while the men traveled to Cincinnati to compete in the Peggy Cronin Classic.

The Lady Catamounts won their opening game of the season with an 85-65 victory over Detroit. The score was tied at 28 at halftime but Western Carolina scored 57 second-half points to push past the Titans.

Two days later, Western Carolina women's basketball played its first road game of the season traveling to Clemson. The Lady Catamounts overcame a three-point half-time deficit to defeat the Tigers 62-53 for the first time in the program's history. Senior guard Chevon Keith tallied her second consecutive double-double with 10 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.

The Lady Catamounts start the season 2-0 for the first time since the 2002-03 season and travel to Minneapolis, Minn. to play in the Minnesota Subway Classic this weekend. Western Carolina faces host Minnesota at 7 p.m. Friday and No. 23 Louisville at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Western Carolina's men's basketball team also had a good showing last weekend. The Catamounts opened the 2007-08 season with a 63-60 win over Bowling Green. It was the third straight year the club has won its opening game of the year.

The Catamounts final two games of the tournament were true heart-breakers as the club lost to Cincinnati and Belmont by a combined 11 points. Western Carolina fell to host Cincinnati 66-64 and Belmont 79-70.

Sophomore Nick Aldridge was named to the 2007 Peggy Cronin Classic All-Tournament team after averaging 19.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

Western Carolina's men will host Methodist in its home opener at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Since opening the Ramsey Center in the 1986-87 season, Western Carolina is 14-6 in their home opener, and the team will be looking to get back on the winning track after losing to South Carolina in the first home game of last season.

For more information about the Catamount Head Coaches' Luncheons, please contact Kim Jamison in the Western Carolina Athletics Department at (828) 227-7338 or via E-mail at