Nov. 20, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's basketball (1-3) won its home opener 62-51 against UNC Asheville (2-2) Wednesday in the Ramsey Center.
The Catamounts trailed 30-23 at the half. Western Carolina came out in the second and outscored the Bulldogs 39-21 in the final 20 minutes to claim the lead and the win. Western Carolina shot a scorching 50 percent in the second half, ending the game at 40 percent.
Western Carolina scored eight unanswered points to erase UNC Asheville's halftime lead and claim the lead 31-30. Justin Taylor's jumper at 17:47 handed the Catamounts its second lead of the game, after scoring the first bucket in the opening minutes of the first half.
UNC Asheville's Brittany Gwynn answered for the Bulldogs on a jumper to give UNCA a 32-31 lead. The Bulldogs would keep a grasp on the lead, holding as much as a six point advantage, for the first 10 minutes of the second half.
Trailing by two, 41-39, after a jumper by Lindsay Simpson, Western Carolina tied the game for the first time at 41 on a jumper by Makensey Campbell at the 9:42 mark. The seesaw would begin with both teams trading baskets and garnering the lead.
Trailing by three, Rena Wakama's lay-up trimmed the UNC Asheville advantage to one, 46-45, with 6:37 remaining. After a Bulldog turnover, Taylor turned it into a three-pointer for the Catamounts and gave WCU the lead for good, 48-46. It was the first and only three-pointer in the game for WCU.
Taylor's trey spurred a 12-0 run by Western Carolina capped off by 1-of-2 free throws by Campbell to give the Catamounts a 57-46 advantage with 1:29 remaining. In the final minute, Western Carolina was 3-for-6 from the free throw line to stave off the Bulldogs.
Western Carolina got 20 points off UNC Asheville's 19 turnovers and also scored 34 points in the paint. The Bulldogs did have an advantage on rebounds ripping down 49 to the Catamounts' 43.
Taylor led the Catamounts with 12 points, her second straight double figure scoring performance. She also had eight rebounds and dished out five assists. Senior forward Shauna Terry had 10 points and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Terry also had three blocks and now has 112 in her career, needing 19 to break the Catamount career blocks record of 130.
Campbell just missed scoring in double figures with a season-high nine points. Ten of the 11 players who saw action scored for the Catamounts.
Western Carolina completes its two-game home-stand on Saturday when it hosts Georgia State at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Ramsey Center.