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Women's Basketball Falls to Chattanooga 54-40

Rena Wakama had 10 points, and two three-pointers, against Chattanooga.

Feb. 18, 2012

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CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's basketball (11-15, 6-11 Southern Conference) had its four-game winning streak snapped with a 54-40 loss to Chattanooga (19-7, 14-3 SoCon) Saturday in the Ramsey Center.

Chattanooga pounded the glass ripping down 50 rebounds, to Western Carolina's 31. The Lady Mocs also cut down on the Catamount's second chance point attempts with 35 of their 50 rebounds coming from the defensive end.

The Catamounts just couldn't overcome their anemic offensive output, ending the game shooting 27.6 percent. Western Carolina did make the game a contest heading into the half, down 27-21.

Western Carolina was struggling offensively, down 24-8 with 5:32 left in the half, when the Catamounts got on a bit of a hot streak. In a five minute span, WCU went on a 13-3 run to trim the Chattanooga advantage to six, 27-21 at the half. Sophomore guard Rena Wakama gave Western Carolina the spark with a three pointer, which was the first of three treys by WCU, including downtown shots from Makensey Campbell and Diamond Hunnicutt.

The second half was all Chattanooga as Western Carolina couldn't find its shooting rhythm. The Lady Mocs shot 44 percent in the second half and outscored the Catamounts 27-19.

Western Carolina was led by senior guard Kaila'Shea Menendez who had 11 points in the contest. Wakama added 10. Kayla Christopher led Chattanooga with 12 points and Kylie Lambert added 10.

The Catamounts continue their home-stand Monday hosting Samford. Tip-time is set for 7 p.m. in the Ramsey Center.