March 3, 2012
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Number seven seeded Western Carolina women's basketball (14-17) exited the 2012 Southern Conference Tournament quarterfinals with a 61-43 loss to No. 2 seed Appalachian State (24-5) Saturday at Kimmel Arena.
It was a series of runs for both teams that made the game both a tightly contested game and one that left no question whom the winner would be. At first it looked like Appalachian State would take the latter title early in the first half, as the Mountaineers built a solid 19-point lead, 29-10, with 5:11 left in the first.
Western Carolina proved its mettle by putting a big scare in the Mountaineers, reeling off a 15-0 run in the final four minutes of the half. The Catamounts lived on a steady diet of three pointers, as Kaila'Shea Menendez hit a pair of three pointers and Ali Lane added the third. When all was said and done, WCU had trimmed the Appalachian State lead to four, 29-25 heading into the locker room.
Yes, its true, Western Carolina had Appalachian State had on its heels and looking gob-smacked, but that wouldn't last long.
Just like Western Carolina had got back into the game with a nice scoring streak, Appalachian State returned the favor to start the second half. The Mountaineers went on its own 15-0 run to all but put the game away.
Western Carolina did not score for the first seven plus minutes of the second half, wit their scoring drought broken when sophomore guard Rena Wakama hit a field goal at the 12:21 mark.
Menendez closed out a solid Catamount career leading Western Carolina with 16 points, hitting four three pointers in the contest. Shauna Terry had eight points in the game and was also 2-of-2 from the free throw line.
Combined the teams had 50 turnovers, 29 from Western Carolina and 21 from Appalachian State. The Mountaineers also won the rebounding ripping down 41 to Western Carolina's 29.