Feb. 1, 2012
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Freshman guard Ali Lane scored a career-high 12 points, and was one of three Catamounts to score in double figures, in Western Carolina women's basketball's (8-14, 3-10 Southern Conference) 59-45 win over College of Charleston (6-16, 5-8 SoCon) Wednesday in the Ramsey Center.
Sophomore forward Alex Abraham led Western Carolina with 13 points and senior guard Kaila'Shea Menendez added 10 points. The Catamounts connected on seven three-pointers in the contest, including three from freshman guard Makensey Campbell, who ended the game with nine points, and a pair from Lane.
Shooting 49 percent from the field, for the game, Western Carolina continued its stifling defensive pressure and got a spark from its offense to earn the victory over the Cougars. With College of Charleston winning at home, 54-39 on January 23, the Catamounts picked up their first conference split of the season.
Western Carolina and College of Charleston played a close nip and tuck game in the first half. The score was tied once and the lead changed three times. Lane's lay-up, at 5:04 in the first half, gave the Catamounts a 24-23 lead and spurred an 8-2 run. The Catamounts led 32-35 at the half, and never trailed in the contest again.
The Catamounts built its first double digit lead of the game off a jumper by Kristen Lyon, at the 16:32 mark. Western Carolina flexed its offensive muscles in the second half, expanding its lead to the largest of the game, 51-34 with 6:57 left. WCU again expanded its lead to 17 points, 56-39, at 4:34 left.
The Cougars chipped away at the Catamount lead with a 7-0 run, to cut the WCU lead to 11, 56-45. Menendez hit a free throw and Abraham hit a jumper, as the shot clock expired, to help Western Carolina end the game on a 3-0 run.
College of Charleston's Latisha Harris led all scorers with 15 points. She was the only Cougar to score in double figures.
Western Carolina just edged College of Charleston in the rebounding battle, 32-31. The Catamounts also dished out a season-high 14 assists in the contest.
The Catamounts head back on the road on Saturday playing at UNCG. Tip-time is set for 2 p.m.