Nov. 12, 2005
Cullowhee, N.C. -
Four Lady Catamounts scored in double-figures, led by a dozen by junior transfer Lynsie Lamitie as Western Carolina defeated the Charlotte Stars, 79-60, Saturday evening in exhibition women's basketball in the Ramsey Center.
Lamitie, who transferred to Western from Gadsden State in Alabama, scored 12 points and pulled down eight rebounds as the defending Southern Conference champions played their final official tune-up before opening the regular season on Friday. Sophomores Erin May and Jessika Johnson, and freshman April Parker also highlighted the post-led, double-digit scoring output. May finished with 11 in the win, while Johnson and Parker each tallied 10.
"Hopefully we got some of the preseason jitters and kinks worked out tonight," said WCU head coach, Kellie Harper. "That's what exhibition games are for - dress rehearsals for the season. I was pleased with the way we worked the ball into our posts tonight. They did a good job scoring the ball inside."
She concluded, "Everyone that played did something good for us. But in the same right, everyone had something that they could have done better. We'll use tonight in addressing our practices this week in preparation for our opener on Friday.
Western Carolina will open the 2005-06 season on Friday, Nov. 18 with a 5:30 pm tip-off in Detroit, Mich., against Detroit-Mercy. The two-game road swing will conclude on Sunday when the Lady Catamounts face-off against last year's national runner-up, Michigan State.