Nov. 2, 2013
Box Score | Photo Gallery
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's basketball defeated Brevard College 72-52, in an exhibition game, Saturday at the Ramsey Center with four players scoring in double figures - paced by Justin Taylorwith 16 points.
Taylor tied with Brevard's Tuccoa Brackett for game leading points with 16. Catamount senior Rena Wakama had 14 points, Erika Josephpoured in 11 and Makensey Campbell added 10.
The Catamounts trailed just once in the game, when Brevard built an early five point (9-4) lead with 16:23 left in the first half. A three pointer by sophomore guard Lindsay Simpson and a jumper by Taylor knotted the game at nine, and the game would be tied two more times, before a jumper by Rena Wakamawould give WCU a 15-13 lead and the Catamounts would never trail again.
Brevard kept Western Carolina's lead to single digits for most of the first half before Campbell's lay-up, at 6:42, handed the Catamounts its first double digit lead of the game, 25-15. Campbell's lay-up sparked a 10-2 run that saw WCU's lead balloon to 18 points, 35-17.
The Tornados went on a run in the final three minutes of the game outscoring Western Carolina 13-2 to cut the Catamount lead to seven, 37-30, at the half.
The first 10 minutes of the second half unfolded with Western Carolina coming out and pour on the offensive and defensive pressure. Western Carolina tested out its more up tempo offense offering up transition baskets and increased second chance looks at the goal.
Leading by just seven at the half, Western Carolina outscored Brevard 28-10 in the first 13 minutes of the second half to build its largest lead of the game, 63-40, with 7:34 remaining. Taylor, who had scored 12 points in the first half, hit the first bucket of the second half. Though she was held to just four points in the second half her tenacious play in the first half led to more focus on her in the second and half and giving better looks to other members of the Catamounts.
Western Carolina got 22 points in the paint, in the second half alone, and 10 points off turnovers. Overall, WCU had 40 of its 72 points in the paint and 10 points off fast breaks. The Catamounts also got 27 points from its bench - this was benefitted from Taylor coming off the bench.
The Catamounts connected on just three three pointers in the game but overall shot a warm 41.5 percent from the field. WCU was also 15-from-26 from the free throw line.
Western Carolina out rebounded Brevard 50-14, with 36 defensive boards. Catamount senior forward Shauna Terryripped down a team-high 10 rebounds and just missed a double-double with nine points.
Western Carolina opens the regular season at 5 p.m. Nov. 8 at future Southern Conference member Mercer.