Jan. 25, 2014
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Georgia Southern (6-13, 4-4 Southern Conference) outscored Western Carolina women's basketball (9-10, 3-5 SoCon) 37-29 in the second half, overcoming a 27-26 halftime deficit, to defeat the Catamounts 63-56 Saturday in the Ramsey Center.
The Eagles shot a scorching 53.3 percent in the second half and ended the contest shooting 50.9 percent. Western Carolina was held to 33.9 percent shooting.
Georgia Southern scored the first four points of the second half to take its first lead, 30-27, since 14:38 in the first half. Western Carolina would answer with six straight points, including a three-pointer by senior guard Rena Wakama to reclaim the lead 33-30 with 17:37 remaining.
A three-pointer by the Eagles Anna Claire Knight would spur Georgia Southern to reel off a 9-0 run to take a 39-33 lead. Western Carolina would make one more surge, scoring six straight points to tie the game at 39 after sophomore guard Lindsay Simpson hit 1-of-2 free throws, but it would be the last threat the Catamounts could muster in the game.
A jumper by Knight gave Georgia Southern the lead back, 41-39, and the Eagles never trailed in the game again. A free throw by Terry sliced the Eagle lead in half, 41-40, but Western Carolina then went over eight minutes without scoring to allow Georgia Southern to build its largest lead of the game, 55-42.
Catamount junior guard Justin Taylor ended the Western Carolina scoring drought when she hit a jumper with 4:01 left in the game to make the score 55-44. In the final four minutes, Western Carolina outscored Georgia Southern 14-8 but it served to be too little too late.
Western Carolina had three players score in double figures led by Wakama with 17 - she has now scored in double figures in six straight games. Fellow senior Terry followed with a career-high 14 points and just missed the first double-double of her career with nine rebounds. Taylor added 11 points.
Georgia Southern also had three players in double figures paced by Knight with 17. MiMi Dubose added 14 and Briana Jones had 10.
Western Carolina won the rebounding battle with 35 to Georgia Southern's 34 however the Catamounts had just six offensive boards.
Western Carolina continues its four-game home stand Monday with a noon match-up with Davidson as part of the Catamounts' annual "Education Day." Over 1,000 area school children are expected to be in attendance.