Jan. 5, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's basketball (4-8, 2-1 Southern Conference) snapped a five-game losing streak with a 54-40 victory over Wofford (5-6, 0-3 SoCon) Saturday in the Ramsey Center. More importantly, the Catamounts improved to 2-1 in the Southern Conference with the win over the Terriers.
The Catamounts were paced by junior forward Shauna Terry who poured in a career-high 13 points, leading all scorers.
Redshirt senior Diamond Hunnicutt's three point play, hitting the field goal and connecting on the free throw after being fouled, set the tone for Western Carolina. Hunnicutt's points, to open the game, put the Catamounts up 3-0 and the team never trailed against the Terriers.
Western Carolina shot a red-hot 52.4 percent from the field, in the first half. The Catamounts were aided inside by Terry who scored eight of her career-high 13 points in the opening 20 minutes.
The Catamounts looked to be taking a new year, new approach to the game, in the first contest of 2013. Western Carolina was scrappy and offensive minded against Wofford, with 26 of its 54 points, in the game, coming from inside the paint.
Wofford kept the game tight in the first half with Western Carolina's largest lead only being seven points, 13-6 at the 13:55 mark. The Terriers cut the Catamount lead to one, 17-16 with 6:59 left, off a three pointer by Jordan Frazier, the first in the game for either team. Western Carolina answered Frazier's three-pointer, with a jumper by redshirt senior Janae' McKinney, to push the lead back to three, 19-6.
Junior guard Hana Haden hit the only three pointer of the game for the Catamounts to open the second half, to push Western Carolina's lead to 29-21. Western Carolina built its first double digit lead of the game off a jumper by Ali Lane to give the Catamounts' a 33-23 advantage over the Terriers.
Leading by 10, 35-25, for the second time in the game, Western Carolina hit a bit of a lull which allowed Wofford to attempt a run with 15:48 left in the game. The Terriers scored six unanswered points to trim the Catamount lead to 35-31 with 12:22 left. It was the first of two times Wofford would trail by just four points, with the second time coming when Chanel Stokes hit a lay-up with 10:44 remaining and Western Carolina led 37-33.
Just like most of the game, Western Carolina stepped up and had an answer to Wofford's buckets. Terry hit a jumper which proved to be a catalyst for a 6-0 run by the Catamounts to build its lead back 46-33 with 4:25 remaining in the game.
Wofford would never cut the Catamounts lead to single digits again. Western Carolina built its largest lead of the game, 54-38, when Haden nailed a pair of free throws with 24 seconds remaining. Wofford's Logan Morris connected on a lay-up with eight seconds left to catapult the Terriers to 40 points. The 40 points scored by Wofford is the lowest point total allowed by Western Carolina this season.
Western Carolina held Wofford to just 19 points in the second half, while doubling up on them in scoring with 28 in the final 20 minutes. The Catamounts ended the game shooting 43.2 percent from the field and holding the Terriers to 28.3. The Catamounts also took advantage of its trip to the free throw line hitting 15-of-20 for 75 percent. On the rebounding front, the Catamounts had 34 boards, 28 on the defensive end, while Wofford had 32 - 11 offensive and 21 defensive.
Western Carolina had two players just miss scoring in double figures with Terry. Haden had nine points and Alex Abraham ended the game with eight.
The Catamounts head back on the road to take on Georgia Southern Monday. Tip time is set for 4 p.m. in Statesboro, Ga.