Nov. 19, 2011
Middleton Post-Game Comments (AUDIO)
BUIES CREEK, N.C. -Western Carolina women's basketball (3-1) dropped its first game of the season, 59-43, at Campbell (3-0) Saturday in Gore Arean.
The Catamounts had 23 turnovers which led to 15 points for Campbell.Western Carolina spent most of the game in catch-up mode, and the attempt to even or take a lead in the game, was hampered by the costly turnovers.
Western Carolina kept the game close for most of the first half, and even tied the game at 22, off a three-pointer by senior guard Kaila'Shea Menendez with 3:22 left. Campbell answered with a lay-up by Kate Cloxton and Western Carolina answered again, knotting the contest at 24, on a Janae' McKinneyput back after a rebound.
Campbell would take the lead for good when Cloxton answered with a three-pointer. It was the start of a five-point swing for the Lady Camels, as they lead 29-24 at the half.
Menendez's long two-point shot to start the second half looked promising for the Catamounts, cutting the Lady Camel advantage to three, 29-26.Western Carolina struggled from the field and to hold onto the ball.
Western Carolina did cut the Lady Camel lead to three, two more times, before Campbell began its scoring roll. Campbell pushed its lead to 10, 40-30, before the Catamounts ended its three plus minute scoring drought when Kristen Lyonhit a field goal.
Besides a pair of free throws by Ali Lane, Lyon's field goal at the 13:49 marked a 10 minute stretch the Catamounts failed to score a bucket from the field. Ironically, it was Lyon who ended the scoring woes with a bucket with 3:14 left.
Mendnedez led the Catamounts with nine points and ended her streak of scoring double figures, in the first three games of the season. Caitlin Hollifield, who scored the first six points of the game, ended the contest with six points and six rebounds.
Western Carolina shot 31.4 percent from the field. The Catamounts did out-rebound the Lady Camels 41-35.
The Catamounts return home Tuesday to host Coastal Carolina at 7 p.m. in the Ramsey Center.