Women's Basketball Bounces Back, Defeats Tennessee Tech 61-58

CATAMOUNTSPORTSDOTCOM Senior guard Kaila'Shea Menendez's clutch field goal, with 47 seconds left, clinched the game for WCU.
CATAMOUNTSPORTSDOTCOM
Senior guard Kaila'Shea Menendez's clutch field goal, with 47 seconds left, clinched the game for WCU.
CATAMOUNTSPORTSDOTCOM

Nov. 26, 2011

Box Score

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - Western Carolina women's basketball (4-2) came from behind to defeat Tennessee Tech (2-4) 61-58 Saturday at the Eblen Center.

Kaila'Shea Menedez hit a clutch field goal, with 57 seconds left in the game, to give Western Carolina its largest lead of the game, five, 61-56. It was a fortuitous bucket as Tennessee Tech's Krystal Stirrup hit a jumper, with 33 seconds left, to trim the Catamount lead to three, 61-58.

Western Carolina got the ball back with 29 seconds left, but WCU forward Alex Abraham was called for a foul to give the ball back to Tennessee Tech. With eight seconds left, the Catamount defense worried, stressed and befuddled the Golden Eagle offense and Diamond Henderson forced up a hap-hazard three point attempt that was short as time expired.

Tennessee Tech lead Western Carolina from 17:29 left in the first half until 8:51 left in the second half when the Catamounts' Janae McKinney hit a lay-up giving WCU a one-point advantage, 51-50.

The Catamounts trailed as much as 11 points, with 4:57 left in the first half, before they kicked their offense in gear. Western Carolina went on an 11-0 run to tie the game at 25 with 3:21 left. The run was sandwiched by a pair of three pointers by Rena Wakama, who started the run with a trey, and Kaila'Shea Menendez.

After being held scoreless for almost two minutes, Tennessee Tech re-took the lead after WCU tied it, off a pair of free throws by Molly Heady. Kristen Lyon tied it again for the Catamounts with a field goal at the 3:04 mark.

Tennessee Tech pushed its lead back up to three, 36-33, when the Golden Eagles' Diamond Henderson nailed her third three-pointer of the game. Lyon pulled the Catamounts within two points, just before halftime, when she hit 1-of-2 free throws.

 

 

Menendez and Abraham led Western Carolina with 12 points a piece. Western Carolina pulled down 40 rebounds to Tennessee Tech's 34.

Western Carolina returns home at 7 p.m. Tuesday to host Georgia State.

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