Feb. 20, 2012
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's basketball (12-15, 7-11 Southern Conference) held Samford (16-10, 11-6 SoCon) to just 18 points in the second half powering its way to a 52-44 victory Monday in the Ramsey Center.
It was the first time the Catamounts have defeated the Bulldogs in Cullowhee since Samford joined the league in 2008. The win also snaps a six-game losing streak Western Carolina had against Samford.
Down 26-17 at the half, Western Carolina turned it up offensively scoring 35 points in the second half. Samford was plagued by the Catamounts stifling defense, shooting 28.3 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes.
In the opening 13 minutes of the second half, the Catamounts held the Bulldogs to just nine points. Samford hit just two field goals, in that stretch, getting the reaming of the nine points at the free throw line. This allowed Western Carolina to overcome a nine point half-time deficit and take its first lead of the half, with 10:26 remaining, when Makensey Campbell hit her third three pointer of the game.
After taking the lead, Western Carolina never relinquished it. The Catamounts pushed its lead to double figures, 48-38, on a three pointer by Rena Wakama with 4:02 left on the clock. Samford's Paige Anderson drained a three pointer to make things interesting cutting the Catamount lead to seven, 48-41.
Campbell hit 1-of-2 free throws to push the lead back to eight, 49-41. In the final two minutes, Western Carolina was 3-of-4 from the free throw line to offset a Samford field goal and 1-of-2 free throws to pull out the win.
Nine Western Carolina players saw action in the game and eight got into the scoring column. The Catamounts got 27 points off the bench to Samford's eight.
Campbell came off the bench to lead Western Carolina with 10 points, hitting 3-of-4 from behind the three-point line. Sophomore forward Shauna Terry was solid offensively and defensively with a balanced eight points, seven rebounds and tacked on two blocks to her career total. Terry is now tied for seventh place in the Catamount record books for blocks with 65.
Anderson led Samford with 11 points.
Of Western Carolina's 38 rebounds, 27 of them were from the defensive end. Samford had 30 rebounds and just 14 were on defense.
Western Carolina plays its final home game of the season on Saturday in the second game of a doubleheader facing Georgia Southern at approximately 4:30 p.m. The Catamounts will honor seniors Laura Sanchez, Catilin Hollifield and Kaila'Shea Menendez.