CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Three players scored in double figures to pace Western Carolina women's basketball (7-17, 5-10 Southern Conference) to a 63-52 win over Georgia Southern (4-19, 3-111 SoCon) Wednesday in the Ramsey Center.
Freshman guard Lindsay Simpson led Western Carolina with 19 points, hitting three of Western Carolina's four three pointers in the game, and going 8-of-17 from the field. It was the eighth time this season she has scored in double figures and her second-highest point total on the year.
Simpson was followed by junior forward Shauna Terry with 13 points, the first time in her career she has had back-to-back games scoring in double figures. Terry scored a career-high 21 points against Wofford on Monday. Redshirt senior Diamond Hunnicutt closed out the double figure scoring with 11 points.
All toll, Simpson, Terry and Hunnicutt accounted for 43 of the Catamounts 63 points in the game.
Western Carolina had a balanced attack, winning both halves and committing just 11 turnovers in the contest. The Catamounts also got 20 points from their bench.
The game was hotly contested for most of the first half. With 7:41left in the first 20 minutes Georgia Southern Eagles' Anna Claire Knight hit a jumper to tie the game at 15. Hunnicutt answered with a jumper of her own to give Western Carolina a 17-15 lead and the Catamounts would never trail in the game again.
Hunnicutt's jumper kick-started a 12-4 run by Western Carolina to close out the first half. The Catamounts led 27-19 at the half.
A three-pointer by the Eagles' Meredyth Frye cut the Catamount lead to five, 27-22. The Catamounts scored seven straight points, including a three-pointer by Simpson, to build its first double-digit lead, 34-22, with 16:25 left in the game.
A three-pointer by Ali Lane, with 5:58 remaining, gave Western Carolina a 15-point, 52-37 advantage, its largest lead. After Lane's three-pointer, Georgia Southern got on a bit of a roll, cutting the Catamount lead to seven, 55-48, thanks to an 11-2 run.
Hunnicutt peppered in a jumper, with 1:28 left, to give Western Carolina a 57-48 lead but Frye answered with a jumper to trim the lead back down to seven, 57-50. In the final minute, Western Carolina was 6-of-8 from the free throw line, including Lane going 3-for-4, to ice the game.
Frye led Georgia Southern with 20 points. Knight followed with 11 and Spencer had 10.
Western Carolina scored 16 points off 17 Georgia Southern turnovers and got 22 points inside the paint.
The Catamounts will have four days off before hosting rival Appalachian State at 7 p.m. February 18 in the Ramsey Center.