CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's basketball (6-16, 4-9 Southern Conference) was edged by Furman (10-12, 6-7 SoCon) 46-45 Saturday in the Ramsey Center. The game was part of the Catamounts' annual Play 4Kay game.
It was a balanced attack by the Catamounts as nine of the 11 players who saw action in the game scored, but the key basket was elusive for Western Carolina down the stretch. Trailing by one point, with 45 seconds remaining, Furman forced a shot clock violation on the Catamounts and got the ball back.
Western Carolina had yet one more chance after the Paladin's Teshia Griswold missed the front end of a one-and-one with 10 seconds left. The Catamounts turned the ball over with two seconds remaining and Furman held on to win the game.
Neither team scored in the final 2:48 of the game after Western Carolina junior forward Alex Abraham hit a jumper to trim the Furman lead to one.
Western Carolina trailed 29-21 at the half. In the first six plus minutes of the second half, the Catamounts went on a 12-4 run to tie the game at 33 with 13:26 remaining. The game would be tied twice more before the Catamounts took their first lead of the second half when senior forward Janae' McKinney hit a jumper and was fouled, completing the three point play, by hitting the free throw.
Back-to-back lay-ups by Furman's Brittany Hodges and Patrice Butler helped Furman regain the lead, 44-43, at the 5:26 mark. In the final six minutes of the game Furman outscored Western Carolina 6-2.
Furman won the rebounding battle ripping down 35 rebounds, 23 on the defensive end, to Western Carolina's 29. The Catamounts were 13-of-17 from the free throw line. The Catamounts outscored the Paladins 24-17 in the second half.