Feb. 4, 2008
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CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Four Western Carolina women's basketball players scored in double figures and the Lady Catamounts won their fifth straight home game, and third overall, with a 78-57 victory over arch rival Appalachian State Monday in the Ramsey Center. It was the fifth consecutive win over the Mountaineers who fall to 5-17 overall and 2-9 in the Southern Conference.
The Lady Catamounts keep pace in the Southern Conference race improving to 9-2 and continue to be tied with Georgia Southern for second place. Western Carolina improves to 17-6 overall.
Western Carolina opened the game with a 13-4 advantage but Appalachian State battled back to tie the game at 13 with 13:41 left in the first half. Senior guard Monique Dawson drained a three-pointer to snap the tie to take the lead again. The Mountaineers would not tie the game again but Appalachian State did pull within one point, 29-28, with 2:40 left in the half. Sophomore Kristen Feemster scored two of her career-tying 10 points to give the Lady Catamounts a three-point lead, and after a pair of Dawson free throws with two seconds left, WCU ended the half leading by seven, 37-30.
After being held scoreless and only pulling down two rebounds, senior Chevon Keith put on an offensive and defensive clinic in the second half. Keith poured in 13 points and had nine rebounds in the second half to end the game with 11. It is the third straight game she has had double figure rebounds and her seventh double-double of the season; which breaks her single-season record.
The Lady Catamounts scored 41 points in the second half and held Appalachian State to 27 points. It is the third consecutive game Western Carolina has held an opponent under 60 points, ironically, in the last two games, both teams scored 57 points.
Western Carolina had a season-high 23 assists in its first meeting, this season, with Appalachian State and in this meeting the team was two shy of that mark with 21. The Lady Catamounts only allowed Appalachian State 10 second chance points and have allowed a total of just 10 second-chance points in the last two games. Western Carolina didn't allow Appalachian State to hit a three-pointer in the game, the first time since 2005 the Mountaineers didn't hit a trey.
Dawson led the team with 16 points and also had five assists and had two steals. Senior Jessika Johnson was the fourth Lady Cat to score in double figures with 10 points. Ashley Pellom dished out a season-high six assists and added four points and three steals.
Western Carolina heads back out on the road Saturday to face UNC Greensboro. The two teams will participate in the Think Pink initiative sponsored by the Southern Conference. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.