Feb. 4, 2013
ELON, N.C. - Western Carolina women's (6-15, 4-8 Southern Conference) basketball fell to Elon (12-9, 9-3 SoCon) 60-51 Monday in Alumni Gymnasium. The Phoenix secures a series sweep over the Catamounts.
The Catamounts played solid for the first seven minutes of the first half, only trailing the Phoenix 12-10 at the 13:05 mark. However, scoring lapses of four minutes and three minutes, mid-way through the first, stymied Western Carolina's chances early.
During that time, Elon built a two point advantage to a 10 point lead before Rena Wakama drained a three-pointer, at the 6:58 mark, to make the score 21-17. In the final six plus minutes of the first half, Western Carolina hit just one field goal.
Trailing 32-21 at the half, Western Carolina's scoring woes bled to the second as Elon went on a 15-4 run in the first six plus minutes of the second half. The scoring onlslaught helped propel the Phoenix to its largest lead of the game, 53-29, with 11:14 remaining.
Elon would tie its largest lead of 24, 55-31, with 9:51 remaining and it looked like the game was out of reach. However someone forgot to tell Western Carolina. In the final nine plus minutes of the contest, Western Carolina outscored the Phoenix 20-5, overall the Catamounts also outscored Elon in the second half 30-28.
Junior guard Kristen Lyon put together six straight points for the Catamounts to start the scoring spurt ending the game with a career-high 12 points. She was also a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line.
Freshman guard Lindsay Simpson, who failed to score in her start at UNCG, drained a long-range three-pointer with 5:51 left in the game to get back in the scoring column and sparked five-straight points by the Franklin, N.C. native. She ended the game with 14 points and two three pointers. Simpson now has 25 three-pointers this season, which leads the team, and has also scored in double figures in five of her last six games.
Simpson and Lyon combined to score the final 16 points of the game for Western Carolina as the Catamounts held the Phoenix to just two points in the final five minutes.
Simpson's opening salvo in the scoring onslaught was a three pointer with 5:59 left and Lyon peppered in a jumper at 3:29. In the last 2:32 of the game it was all Simpson as she scored nine of her team-leading 14 points in the final two minutes.
Turnovers and missed field goal attempts really handcuffed Western Carolina in the game. The Catamounts committed 20 turnovers in the game equating to 22 Phoenix points.
Rebounding was a close affair as Elon had 42 and Western Carolina had 48. The Catamounts missed just one free throw in the game going 6-of-7. Elon, however, went to the line 18 times and connected on 14.
Western Carolina returns home Saturday to host Furman. Tip-time is set for 2 p.m. in the Ramsey Center.