Nov. 23, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's basketball (2-3) had four players score in double figures, paced by sophomore guard Lindsay Simpson's 17 points, to defeat Georgia State (0-5) 74-61 Saturday in the Ramsey Center.
The Catamounts overcame a slow start to battle back and defeat the Panthers. Western Carolina was down as much as 14 points, 29-15 with 5:20 left in the first half, before back-to-back three pointers by Simpson and Hana Haden spurred a run by WCU.
Western Carolina outscored Georgia State 20-5 in the final five minutes to take a 35-34 lead into the locker room. Trailing by two with 10 seconds left in the half, Simpson's three pointers in the left corner gave WCU its first lead of the game.
It was a battle in the second half with the score being tied six times in the first 12 minutes. Down by three, 56-59 with 7:13 remaining, Simpson drained a pair of free throws to cut the Georgia State lead to one, 59-58. Western Carolina and Georgia State traded buckets, and with the Panthers leading again 61-60, junior guard Justin Taylor gave the Catamounts the lead for good on a jumper.
Western Carolina held Georgia State scoreless in the final six minutes of the game outscoring the Panthers 14-0. The end score was also. The end score was also to end the game with its largest scoring margin of 13.
Western Carolina went to the free throw line 28 times and hit 18. The Catamounts also connected on a season-high eight three pointers.
WCU shot a red-hot 52 percent in the second half, the second straight game the Catamounts have shot 50 or more percent in the second half, to end the game at 43.6 percent. Georgia State, after shooting 44.8 percent in the first half, was held to 36.7 percent in the second and ended at 40.7 percent.
Georgia State had two players score in double figures. Alisha Andrews had 15 points and Gaby Moss added 12.
Western Carolina opens Southern Conference play at Appalachian State Tuesday. Tip time is set for 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Power 90.5 and catamountsports.com with Kyle Rush on the call.
For the second straight game Western Carolina enjoyed balanced scoring as all but one player who saw minutes scored.
Shauna Terry now has 117 career blocks and needs 14 to break the Catamount career blocks record of 130.
Lindsay Simpson has scored in double figures in four of the first five games of the season.
Hana Haden tied her career high with six assists against Georgia State.
Western Carolina scored a season-high 74 points against Georgia State.
Western Carolina has scored 60 or more points in four of the first five games of the season.