Jan. 28, 2012
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Senior guard Kaila'Shea Menendez eclipsed 1,000 points in her career, pacing Western Carolina women's basketball (7-13, 2-9 Southern Conference) to a 69-60 win over Wofford (9-11, 2-0 SoCon) Saturday in the Ramsey Center.
Menendez led all scorers with 19 points, hitting 8-of-16 from the field and also nailing three treys in the contest. She scored nine points in the first half, with a lay-up at the 3:05 mark not only sending her over 1,000 points but also pushing the Catamounts' lead to 27-20.
Tied at 20, the fourth in the first half, Western Carolina took the lead for good when Diamond Hunnicutt hit a lay-up with 4:17 left. In the final four minutes, Western Carolina went on a 12-4 run to lead 32-24 at the half.
Western Carolina built its largest lead of the game, 13 55-42, with 7:29 left in the game when sophomore guard Rena Wakama drained a three pointer. The Catamounts built the lead to 13 for a second time, with 6:30 left, before Wofford went on a mini run.
The Terriers kicked their scoring into high gear, for a spurt in the final six minutes of the game, going on a 7-0 run to cut the Catamount lead to six, 57-51, at the 4:53 mark. Logan Morris capped off the scoring frenzy, for Wofford, with a three-pointer. Morris led Wofford with 16 points in the game.
In a five minute span, Wofford went on a 13-4 run to make the game interesting, with 1:26 left, shaving Western Carolina's lead to four, 61-57. The Catamounts turned Wofford back at the free throw line. In the final minute of the game, the Catamounts were 6-of-6 from the free throw line and also benefited from a field goal from Alex Abraham.
Overall, Western Carolina was 17-of-24 from the free throw line for the game. Wofford was 13-of-22 from the charity stripe.
The Catamounts shot 44.2 percent from the field and Wofford was 46.7. A telling stat was points off turnovers. Thought both teams committed over 20 turnovers a piece, Wofford had 25 and Western Carolina had 24, the Catamounts turned the Terriers' miscues to 29 points, while Wofford scored just 13 points off WCU turnovers.
Abraham was the only other Catamount to score in double figures, with 10 points. Junior Janae' McKinney just missed hitting double figures with nine points. Wofford had a total of three players in double figures. Besides Morris, with 16, Morgan Wrightson had 15 points and April Moorehouse added 12.
The victory by Western Carolina halts a five-game losing streak for the Catamounts.
Western Carolina will head back on the road Monday playing at Appalachian State. Tip time is set for 6 p.m.