Nov. 10, 2012
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Redshirt senior Diamond Hunnicutt scored a career-high 16 points in Western Carolina women's basketball's (1-0) 58-45 season-opening win over UNCA Asheville (0-1) Saturday at Kimmel Arena.
The game was the night-cap of the Asheville Collegiate Invitational pitting Big South teams against teams from the Southern Conference. Earlier in the day, Charleston Southern defeated UNCG 60-57.
Hunnicutt, who had five points in the first half, poured in 11 points in the second to pace the Catamounts. She also had three rebounds and two steals.
UNCA led the game at the half, 28-26, in a hotly contested opening 20 minutes. The lead changed four times. Tied at 26 with a minute left in the half, the Bulldogs' Tacey Trammel scored with 21 seconds left to top the Catamounts by two at the break.
In the first three minutes of the second half, the game was tied three times before Western Carolina began to pull away. Tied at 34, Hunniuctt sank a pair of free throws to give the Catamounts a two-point lead and WCU never trailed in the contest again. A three pointer by Makensey Campbell pushed the Catamount lead to five.
The three-pointer by Campbell was the third in the first five minutes of the second half, after the team hit only one in the first half. Western Carolina had five treys for the game, four in the final 20 minutes.
Western Carolina held UNC Asheville to nine points over the course of the first 12 minutes of the second half. The Catamounts built its largest lead of the game, 11, with 3:51 left in the game off a pair of free throws by redshirt senior Janae' McKinney.
Freshman Erika Joseph led the Catamounts with six rebounds and also scored two points. Junior college transfer Hana Haden got the start at the point ending the contest with three points and a team-high four assists.
Twelve of the Catamounts 14 active players saw action in the game. All but one got in the scoring column.
Western Carolina shot 42.9 percent from the field, 50 percent in the second half alone. The Catamounts also had 11 steals and four blocks with two blocks coming from junior Shauna Terry.
After going 3-of-8 from the free throw line, in the first half, Western Carolina was 8-of-9 in the second half for 11-of-17 to end the game.
The Catamounts host Campbell on Monday in their home opener in the Ramsey Center. Tip time is set for 7 p.m.