Jan. 14, 2011
Middleton Post-Game Comments (AUDIO)
STATESBORO, Ga. - Western Carolina women's basketball (5-11, 3-4 SoCon) dropped an overtime thriller, 69-64, at Georgia Southern (8-10, 5-4 SoCon) Friday at the Hanner Field House. The loss ended the Catamounts' two-game winning streak.
The Catamounts forced overtime, its second straight, when senior guard Kendra Carroll nailed a jumper with 15 seconds left to knot the game at 56. Georgia Southern took a shot to win the game, but missed, and Western Carolina pulled down the rebound.
Western Carolina was out-scored 13 to eight in overtime and Georgia Southern scored six of its 13 points from the free throw line. The Catamounts had a chance to tie the game, trailing by two, 66-64, with 16 seconds left, but Carroll missed a lay-up and Georgia Southern grabbed the rebound.
Georgia Southern hit just three field goals in the second half. The Eagles stayed in the game, in the second half, at the free throw line, hitting 17 straight free throws before a miss at the charity stripe. In the second half alone, GSU was 18-of-24, and 29-of-36 overall.
Western Carolina didn't allow Georgia Southern to hit a field goal for almost nine minutes to start the second half, but the Eagles stayed on top of the Catamounts at the charity stripe, scoring eight points. The Catamounts were down by as much as nine points three times in the second half. Trailing by nine, for the third time, with 5:24 left, WCU went on a 9-2 run to set up the game to go into overtime.
The Catamounts trailed by one point, 31-30, at the half. The 30 points scored by Western Carolina was the most points scored in a half at Georgia Southern in four years.
Western Carolina was led my Kaila'Shea Menendez, who ended the game with 15 points and was 6-of-8 from the free throw line. She was one of four Catamounts to score in double figures, followed by Carroll with 12, and Caitlin Hollifield and Emily Clarke with 11. Clarke scored all of her 11 points in the first half.
The Catamounts shot 40.7 percent from the field and was 12-of-21 from the free throw line. Georgia Southern shot 40.5 percent from the field. The score was tied six times and the lead changed four times. Western Carolina also got 17 points from its bench. Georgia Southern was led by Mimi Dubose who topped all scorers with 20 points.
Western Carolina returns home Sunday to host Furman. Tip time is set for 2 p.m.