Jan. 30, 2012
BOONE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's basketball (7-14, 2-10 Southern Conference) fell 58-39 to Appalachian State (16-3, 10-1 SoCon) Monday in the Holmes Center.
The Catamounts put in a balanced showing, in the first half, both offensively and defensively. For the second straight game, WCU won the tip. Though the Catamounts couldn't capitalize on the first possession of the game, the Catamounts defensive pressure kept Appalachian State on its heels.
Western Carolina captured the lead twice in the first half, its only times to lead in the whole game, early. Trailing by one, 7-6, senior guard Kaila'Shea Menendez drained a three pointer from the left side to put the Catamounts up by two, 9-7.
After Appalachian State tied the contest, and led by one, Western Carolina would take the one last time with 11:51 left in the first half. Junior Janae' McKinney hit a jumper, just in front of the basket, to put the Catamounts up 11-10.
The Mountaineers quickly answered off a jumper by Maryah Sydnor to re-claim the lead and never trail again in the game. Western Carolina continued to fight, never letting Appalachian State to push its lead beyond five points.
With 1:04 left in the half, freshman guard Makensey Campbell hit the first of her two three-pointers in the game, to shave the Appalachian State lead to one, 26-25. The Mountaineers went on a 3-0 run, in the final minute of the half, to take a four point lead, 29-25, at the half.
Western Carolina struggled offensively in the second half, only scoring 14 points and shooting 18.2 percent from the field. Appalachian State took advantage of the Catamounts anemic shooting output, scoring 29 points in the final 20 minutes of the contest.
Appalachian State won the game at the free throw line. After earning six trips in the first half, hitting 3-of-6, the Mountaineers went to the charity stripe 17 times in the second half, going 15-of-17. Overall, ASU was 18-of-23 from the free throw line.
The Mountaineers also took advantage of Western Carolina's 26 turnovers in the game, turning the WCU miscues into 26 points.
Western Carolina failed to produce a double figure scorer. Diamond Hunnicutt and and Rena Wakama each had eight points in the game. Anna Freeman led the Mountaineers with 16 points while Sydnor added 11.
The Catamounts return home on Wednesday to host College of Charleston. Tip time is set for 7 p.m.