Nov. 10, 2013
ATLANTA, Ga. - Western Carolina women's basketball (0-2) lost 87-47 to Georgia Tech (2-0) Sunday in McCamish Pavilion.
Sophomore guard Lindsay Simpson accounted for 19 of the Catamounts' 47 points in the game. The 19 points were a season-high for the Franklin, N.C. native.
A dominating second half, by Georgia Tech, put the game out of hand for Western Carolina. The Yellow Jackets opened the second half 14-2, in the first five minutes, to take complete control of the game.
Western Carolina looked good early taking an 8-3 lead to open the contest on a couple of field goals by Simpson and a three-pointer by senior guard Rena Wakama. Georgia Tech went on an 8-0 run to take its first lead of the game, 11-8, but Western Carolina knotted it at 11 thanks to Simpson's second three-pointer of the game. Georgia Tech responded with field goal by Roddreka Rogers to tie the game to take the lead for good.
The Catamounts stayed with Georgia Tech for the first half and even had a chance to cut the Yellow Jacket's lead to single digits with less than two minutes left in the game. After Hana Haden hit a field goal, Western Carolina trailed 31-21 with 3:20 left in the half. Junior guard Ali Lane was fouled and missed the front end of a one-and-one allowing Georgia Tech to rip down the rebound.
Georgia Tech outscored Western Carolina 6-3 in the final minute of the half to take a 43-29 lead into the locker room. Western Carolina did seem to have some momentum going into the half when Lane hit a three-pointer with 48 seconds left on the clock.
Any momentum Western Carolina might have found in the closing seconds of the first half didn't equate to points in the second half. The Catamounts scored just one field goal, a lay-up by senior forward Shauna Terry, in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Georgia Tech outscored the Catamounts 26-2 in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
The Catamounts got its second field goal of the second half, with 8:14 left to play, off a field goal by Simpson who was also fouled and completed the three-point play. Georgia Tech outscored Western Carolina 44-18 in the second half. The Yellow Jackets also won the battle of the glass ripping down 52 rebounds to the Catamounts' 26.
Haden followed up her career-high 18 point performance at Mercer Friday by dishing out a season-high six assists against Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets' Kaela Davis notched a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Western Carolina returns to action Saturday Nov. 16 at Campbell to wrap-up its three-game road swing to start the season. Tip time is set for 7 p.m.