Feb. 22, 2014
DAVIDSON, N.C. -Western Carolina women's basketball (12-15, 6-10 Southern Conference) took Davidson (13-13, 10-5 SoCon) to the wall but didn't have an answer for the Wildcats' Laura Murray who poured in 23 points in the Davidson Senior Day 83-73 victory at Belk Arena.
Both teams played a tough first half and put together a high-powered offensive showdown in both halves. Western Carolina trailed by just two points, 33-31, at the half thanks in part to holding the Wildcats to just one field goal in the final two minutes of the half.
Western Carolina tied the game five times to open the second half before taking its first lead of the second off a three-pointer by Lindsay Simpson, 48-47.The Catamounts would lead again off a lay-up by Rena Wakama, 53-52, before Dakato Dukes would tie it for the sixth time of the half, 53.The bucket by Dukes would spur a 30-20 run in the final 10 minutes of the game to secure the win for the Wildcats.
Davidson benefitted from Western Carolina going almost five minutes without scoring until Lindsay Simpsondrained a three-pointer with 1:55 left in the game.
Erika Joseph followed up her career performance against UNCG, scoring 16 points and pulling down 14 rebounds, by scoring a new career best 17 points against Davidson. Fellow sophomore Simpson added 16 points and senior Rena Wakamaadded 11.
Despite the outcome on the scoreboard, Western Carolina played a solid game across the box score. The Catamounts had just 10 turnovers and had one less rebound then Davidson, 32-31, holding the Wildcats to only four offensive boards.
Western Carolina also connected on one more three-pointer then Davidson, hitting seven to the Wildcats' six. The telling stat was Davidson shooting a scorching 58.5 percent from the field with Western Carolina valiantly trying to keep up hitting 44.4 percent from the field. It was the hot shooting and 15-of-18 from the free throw line that pushed the Wildcats just past the Catamounts.
Davidson had a total of four players score in double figures paced by Murray's 23. Dukes added 18, Hanna Early had 16 and Shannon Eriksson had 13.
Western Carolina's 73 points is the most points scored in a Southern Conference game this season for the Catamounts.
The Catamounts play its final road Southern Conference game Monday at Georgia Southern with tip time set for 7 p.m.