Feb. 9, 2009
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's basketball pulled down a season-high 55 rebounds, and held Furman to a season-low in scoring by an opponent, defeating the Paladins 57-42 Monday in the Ramsey Center. The Lady Catamounts improve to 13-11 and 9-6 in the Southern Conference while Furman falls to 11-14 and 5-11 in the SoCon.
Senior forward Kendra Eaton led all scorers with 15 points and just missed a double-double with eight rebounds. Fellow senior Lauren Powell added 10 points for the Lady Catamounts.
Furman rejected eight of Western Carolina's shots, with eight blocked shots in the game, led by Katie Johnson who had three. The Paladins, however, couldn't convert, shooting an anemic 27.1 percent from the field.
The Paladin's only led twice in the game, first in the opening 50 seconds of the contest when Candace Powell hit a three-pointer, to make the score 3-2. Western Carolina reclaimed the lead with a three-pointer by Powell, and Furman took short lead again, when Lee Stephens hit a jumper to make it 12-11. A jumper by Kendra Carroll gave the advantage back to Western Carolina, with 12:20 left in the first half, and the Lady Catamounts never trailed again.
The Lady Catamount lead hovered in the single digits for the rest of the first half and with two seconds left, Western Carolina led by eight points, 28-20. Junior guard Jessica Jackson was fouled shooting a three-pointer, and drained all three free throws, to give Western Carolina a double-digit lead heading into halftime, 31-20.
Furman could never cut the Western Carolina lead to single digits again. Western Carolina built as much as a 20-point lead in the second half and only allowed Furman to score 22 points in the final 20 minutes.
The Paladins went to the free throw line nine times and converted on five. Western Carolina was placed on the charity stripe 23 times, struggling at the line, hitting just 13 for 56.5 percent.
Furman was led by Sarah Baker who had 13 points in the contest and Melissa Liebschwager followed with 12. Liebschwager also had two blocks.
Senior center Brooke Johnson had two blocks in the game and now has 110 in her career. She now needs 18 blocks to break the school record for blocks in a career, 127, set by Jeanne Marvel (1987-88).
Western Carolina is now on a two-game winning streak heading into its road contest at UNC Greensboro Saturday. Tip-time is set for 3 p.m.