Feb. 2, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Sophomore guard Makensey Campbell hit five three-pointers, and led the team with 18 points, as Western Carolina women's basketball (6-14, 4-7 Southern Conference) secured a 60-49 win, and series sweep, over UNCG (4-16, 1-10 SoCon) Saturday in Flemming Gymnasium.
Campbell had 10 points in the first half on her way to 18 for the game. She was followed by junior guard Rena Wakama who poured in 14 points. The duo combined for seven of Western Carolina's eight thee-pointers in the contest.
Western Carolina built a solid 14-point lead, 33-19, at half-time thanks to solid shooting and heady defense. The Spartans had just seven field goals in the first half.
The Catamounts built a double-digit, first-half lead, thanks to a 12-2 run in the final five minutes. Leading by four, at 5:15, Wakama started the run with a three pointer to build a seven point advantage. In the final two minutes of the half, Campbell capped it off with back-to-back three pointers and 1-of-2 from the free throw line for the 14-point first-half lead.
A three-pointer by Ali Lane, with 13:48 left in the game, gave Western Carolina its largest lead of 18 points, 43-25. The Catamounts hit a bit of a scoring lull allowing UNCG took advantage.
The Spartans got on a run of their own outscoring chipping away at Western Carolina's 18-point lead.. UNCG outscored Western Carolina 18-7 to cut the Catamount advantage to seven, 50-43, with 6:29 remaining.
Wakama showed her prowess for scoring at just the right time, popping a three-pointer with 5:46 left to push the Catamount lead back to nine 52-43. The Spartans kept trying to trim the Western Carolina lead slicing it to five, 54-49, thanks to a lay-up by Lucy Mason with 3:27 remaining.
Western Carolina all but sealed the game off two huge offensive rebounds with a little over a minute left in the game. Janae' McKinney ripped down an offensive rebound of a missed lay-up by Shauna Terry and then Terry returned the favor when she pulled down a rebound off a missed shot by McKinney. Terry found her second mark the time around, connecting on a jumper to make it 56-49 with 1:03 remaining.
The jumper by Terry kick-started a 6-0 run by Western Carolina to end the game. The Catamounts were also a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the final 42 seconds.
Western Carolina had 16 second chance points thanks to 21 offensive boards. Overall, Western Carolina out-rebounded UNCG 46-32.
The Catamounts also got 35 points from its bench, accounting for over half of its points.
Western Carolina continues its two-game road swing on Monday at Elon. Tip time is set for 7 p.m.