Nov. 16, 2013
BUIES CREEK, N.C. - Three Catamount players scored in double figures as Western Carolina women's basketball (0-3) fell 73-60 to Campbell (2-1) Saturday at Gore Arena/Pope Center.
Western Carolina led 33-27 at the half. Campbell came out in the second half to outscore the Catamounts 46-27 in the final 20 minutes of the game.
Sophomore guard Lindsay Simpson scored 14 of Western Carolina's 27 second half points to end the contest with 16 points coming off the bench. It was her third straight double figure scoring performance. She paces the team averaging 16.7 points in the first three games of the season.
Senior guard Rena Wakama added 13 points in the game. Newcomer junior guard Justin Taylor added 11. Taylor scored nine of her points in the first half and was held to just two in the second.
Western Carolina was held in check for most of the second half after enjoying the six point lead at the half. The Camels scored six unanswered points to tie the game at 33 to start the second half. Taylor scored her only bucket of the second half to put WCU up 35-33 before Roslyn Pressley scored for the Camels to tie it for the second time in the half.
The game would see-saw for the first 10 minutes of the second half. It would be knotted at 51 the fifth tie in the final 20 minutes, and sixth in the game, when Simpson hit one of two free throws.
Pressley struck again, she scored all of her game-high 21 points in the second half, when she gave Campbell the lead for good off a jumper with 9:51 remaining. Pressley's bucket propelled Campbell to an 8-0 run and sealed the game for the Camels.
Campbell built its first double digit lead, 67-56, with 4:41 remaining on a three-pointer by RaeChaun Edwards. Western Carolina's Brianne Mack connected on a jumper and hit a free throw, after being fouled, to cut the Camel lead back to eight, 67-59, but Campbell answered again with Pressley hitting 1-of-2 free throws.
Western Carolina did not hit a field goal in the final three minutes of the game and scored just one point, a free throw by Wakama.
After shooting 36.7 percent in the first half, Campbell shot a scorching 53.1 percent in the second ending the game at 45.2. Western Carolina stayed even in both halves shooting 36.7 in the first half, 34.6 in the second and 35.7 percent overall.
Campbell got 40 points in the paint and ripped down 29 defensive rebounds to outrebound Western Carolina 45-35. Western Carolina did connect on one more three-pointer then Campbell with the Catamounts hitting seven to the Camels six.
Western Carolina hosts UNC Asheville at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Ramsey Center in its home opener.
Senior forward Shauna Terry notched her first blocks of the season with two against
Campbell ... She now has 108 in her career and needs 23 to break the Catamount career blocks record.
Taylor, Wakama and Terry each lead the team with six rebounds.
Western Carolina got 25 points from its bench, with 16 coming from Simpson.
Simpson has hit at least one three pointer in each of the first three games of the season and multiple three pointers in her last two games.