Jan. 12, 2013
BOONE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's basketball (4-10, 2-3 Southern Conference) fell to Appalachian State (9-3, 2-1 SoCon) 77-46 Saturday in the Holmes Center.
Freshman guard Lindsay Simpson scored a career-high 15 points, including draining a pair of three-pointers, to lead Western Carolina in scoring. Junior forward Shauna Terry's block in the game gave her 83 in her career and moves her to fourth in the Catamount record books.
Redshirt senior Diamond Hunicutt gave Western Carolina the early 2-0 lead, hitting the first basket of the game. It would be the only lead the Catamounts would enjoy in the contest. The Mountaineer's Maryah Sydnor tied the game, with a jumper and Appalachian State was off and running.
Appalachian State held Western Carolina to just eight points over the course of the first 14 minutes of the game. The Catamounts didn't hit double figure scoring until sophomore guard Makensey Campbell hit a jumper with 6:47 left in the first half.
The Mountaineers outscored the Catamounts 44-19 in the first half. The 19 points was a tie for the second lowest first half performance for Western Carolina this season. Appalachian's State's 77 overall points, for the game, were the most scored by a Catamount opponent this year.
Appalachian State scored 33 of its 77 points from Western Carolina's 22 turnovers in the contest. The Mountaineers shot 46.7 percent from the field while the Catamounts were 26.7.
Western Carolina did improve its point total in the second half. After scoring 19 points in the first 20 minutes, the Catamounts were just outscored by six in the second half, 33-27.
Western Carolina's underclassmen had a solid showing in the game. In the contest, 30 of the Catamounts' 46 points were scored by freshmen and sophomores.
Western Carolina returns home on Friday to host Samford for the start of a two-game home stand. Tip time is set for 7 p.m.