March 9, 2014
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - No. 3 seed Davidson overcame No. 7 seed Western Carolina in a hard-fought 74-67 semifinal victory on Sunday at the Southern Conference Women's Basketball Championship at the U.S. Cellular Center. The Wildcats led by as many as 14 in the second half before the Catamounts caught fire.
Western Carolina (15-17) went on a 17-2 run, taking the lead on two Rena Wakama free throws at 10:09. The lead got to four, 54-50, on a Shauna Terry jumper as the Catamounts allowed just one field goal over an 8:35 period of the game to get the lead.
It was a two-point game with Western leading 61-59 when the Wildcats (16-15) regained control. Laura Murray's two free throws at 1:14 capped a 10-0 run to send Davidson out to an eight-point lead.
WCU battled and got it back to four, 70-66. Murray missed two free throws, but Hannah Early's rebound of the second miss with 39 seconds to go effectively sealed the win.
Terry recorded the first double-double of her career, 19 points and 12 rebounds. Justin Taylor added 18 as she and Terry combined for 37 points for the Catamounts.
Murray led all scorers with 25 points while adding five steals. Dakota Dukes chipped in 18 points and a team-high eight rebounds for the winners.