Nov. 12, 2012
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's basketball (1-1) dropped its home opener 55-40 to Campbell University (2-0) Monday in the Ramsey Center.
The Catamounts suffered from shooting woes hitting just 27.7 percent from the field. Campbell ended the game hitting 41.7 percent.
Both teams seemed to be circling each other like a pair of prize fighters, to start the game, but Campbell soon found its rhythm and set the pace for the game. Tied at seven, with 12:53 left in the first half, the Camels reeled off seven unanswered points to build a 14-7 lead. In a stretch of six plus minutes Campbell went on a 13-2 run to build an 11 point advantage, 20-9.
A lay-up by Campbell's Keira Gaines, at the buzzer to end the half, gave the Camels its largest lead of the game, 27-15, heading into the locker room. The scoring spurt by Campbell, mid-way through the first half, really put Western Carolina behind and the Catamounts were attempting to play catch-up the rest of the game.
Campbell surged to its largest lead of the game with 11:45 left in the contest, leading the Catamounts by 19, 20-39. Western Carolina proved it had fight in the game, going on a run of its own, outscoring the Camels 16-3 to shave their lead to six, 42-36 with 4:51 left in the game.
Junior guard Rena Wakama started the run for the Catamounts hitting a jumper and completing the old fashioned three-point play after being fouled. Sophomore Ali Lane hit two three-pointers in the scoring stretch, including pair of free throws to cap off the Catamounts scoring onslaught.
A three pointer by Campbell's Zena Lovette put the Camels up by nine, 45-36. Western Carolina wouldn't get any closer in the contest.
Campbell ripped down 39 rebounds to Western Carolina's 27. The Catamounts hit five three pointers in the game two each from Lane and Wakama and one from junior Hana Haden.
Western Carolina had two players score in double figures with Wakama leading the team with 14 points and Lane adding 10. Junior forward Shauna Terry's two blocks in the game gives her 71 in her career and moves her to fifth place in the Catamount record books.
Western Carolina heads on the road this Saturday taking on Coastal Carolina. Tip time is set for 7:30 p.m. The game can be heard on the Chanticleer Radio Network and catamountsports.com will be providing a live blog for the game.