CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Freshman guard Lindsay Simpson led Western Carolina women's basketball (4-12, 2-5 Southern Conference) with 13 points, in the first start of her career, as the Catamounts fell to Chattanooga (14-3, 7-1 SoCon) 70-43 Sunday in the Ramsey Center.
Simpson, the Franklin, N.C. native, hit the only two three-pointers of the game for Western Carolina going 5-of-14 from the field. It was the third time this season Simpson has scored in double figures. She was just two points shy of tying her career-high of 15, which she scored against Appalachian State, on January 12.
The Catamounts hung tough with Chattanooga for most of the first half, keeping the Mocs lead to single digits for the first 12 plus minutes. Sophomore guard Ali Lane's jumper cut the Chattanooga lead to 17-14 with 7:57 remaining but Chattanooga had an answer. Meghan Downes drained a three-pointer for the Mocs that began an 11-2 run to close out the first half with Chattanooga leading 30-16.
Western Carolina scored 27 points in the second half, but Chattanooga had 40 second-half points to secure the win. The Mocs scored 20 points off 18 Western Carolina turnovers and also got 24 points inside the paint in the game.
For the second straight contest, Western Carolina got key point production from its bench. The Catamounts bench accounted for 22 of its 43 total points.
Western Carolina did win the rebounding battle ripping down 37 caroms to Chattanooga's 28. It was a balanced rebounding effort, for Western Carolina, with 19 offensive and 18 defensive.
Ashlen Dewart led Chattanooga with 13 points and Kayla Christopher followed with 12.
Western Carolina begins a two-game road swing on Wednesday when it travels to Furman for a mid-week match-up. Tip time is set for 7 p.m.