CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's basketball (7-21, 5-14 Southern Conference) matched College of Charleston (14-14, 10-9 SoCon), with each scoring 32 points in the second half, but the Catamounts couldn't overcome the 12-point first half deficit, falling the Cougars 73-61 Saturday in the Ramsey Center. Redshirt seniors Janae' McKinney and Diamond Hunnicutt were honored prior to the game.
The Catamounts got a huge boost off the bench from sophomore guards Nancy Thacker and Makensey Campbell. Thacker scored all of her career-high 14 points in the second half and was a perfect 4-for-4 from behind the three-point arch. Campbell scored five in the first, and five in the second, to end the game with 10 points.
Also of note was McKinney who gained access to the Western Carolina women's basketball 500 Rebound Club. She needed five rebounds, prior to the game, and got her 500th career rebound at the very end of the game ripping down number 500 with 1:16 left in the game.
The 61 points scored by Western Carolina was the most points scored in a game since the Catamounts defeated Georgia Southern, in Cullowhee, 63-52, on February 13, 2013.
It was a tight game for most of the first half, with the Catamounts trailing by three 11-8, with 12:40 left in the fist half. College of Charleston went on a 9-0 run to build a double digit, 20-8 lead, and never relinquished its double digit advantage in the game the rest of the contest.
Western Carolina shot 31.4 percent from the field and College of Charleston was 42.4 percent. The Cougars won the rebounding advantage, 45-38, and got 12 points off 11 Catamount turnovers.
Afreyea Tolbort lead College of Charleston with a game-high 18 points and Mikaela Hopkins added 12.
Western Carolina closes out the regular season at Davidson at 7 p.m. Monday.