Feb. 25, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Western Carolina women's basketball (7-20, 5-13) lost a tight game to Samford (13-15, 10-9) 47-41 Monday at the Pete Hanna Center.
The Catamounts played tough on both sides of the court, in the first half, getting a spark off the bench from junior Kristen Lyon, who ended the game with 11 points. Trailing 7-3, Lyon scored four straight points to tie the game at seven. Down by one, 13-12, Lyon hit 1-of-2 free throws to tie the game after Samford's bench was called for a technical foul.
Western Carolina looked to be hanging tough, than they ran into the hot hand of Samford's Jazmine Martin who scored the final 14 points of the half for the Bulldogs. Martin's scorching shots gave Samford a 27-19 lead at the half.
After a slow start in the second half, Western Carolina continued its battling spirit coming back from a 16-point deficit to knot the game at 38 with six minutes left in the game. The Catamounts used a 14-0 run to tie the game.
With three minutes left, Samford re-took the lead off a field goal by Hannah Dawson. Junior Shauna Terry, whose pair of free throws first knotted the game at 38, hit a pair at 3:08 remaining to tie it again at 40.
Samford quickly reclaimed the lead on a field goal by Martin, who was fouled, and hit the free throw to put the Bulldogs up 43-40 with 2:57 left. Terry again was fouled and went to the line but hit just 1-of-2 to trim the Bulldog lead to two, 43-41.
A three-pointer by Dawson with 1:27 remaining sealed the game for Samford.
The Catamounts shot 25 percent from the field in the game and had 16 turnovers in which Samford turned into 10 points. Western Carolina did get 33 of its 41 points from its bench against the Bulldogs.
Junior Rena Wakama also had 11 points for the Catamounts and Makensey Campbell ripped down a season-high seven rebounds. Terry picked up two blocks in the game and hit the 100 blocks plateau for her career, now needing just three blocks to move into third place.
Western Carolina honors seniors Diamond Hunnicutt and Janae' McKinney Saturday in the Catamounts final home game of the season. The 2 p.m. start, the first game of a double header with men's basketball, welcomes College of Charleston to the Ramsey Center.