Nov. 30, 2008
BOZEMAN, Mont. - Sophomore guard Kendra Carroll poured in a career-high 17 points and was one of four Lady Catamounts in double figures but it wasn't enough to stop a second-half push by Montana State, as the Bobcats defeated Western Carolina 90-82 Saturday in Worthington Arena. Western Carolina falls to 2-3 on the season, and is still looking for its first road win of the year, while Montana State improves to 3-2.
Carroll had already bested her career-high of 10 points with 11 points in the first half and ended the game 7-of-12 from the field and 1-of-3 from the three point line. She was closely followed by senior Kendra Eaton who had 15 points in the game, with 13 coming in the first half; however Eaton could only produce two points in the second half.
The stat stuffing continued for the Lady Catamounts with sophomore Emily Clarke's first double-double of her career with 13 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. She also continued her streak having scored in double figures in her last four games. Senior Lauren Powell had 13 points in the contest.
For all the points and milestones, it doesn't erase the fact that Western Carolina built a 14 point lead twice in the first three minutes of the second half, leading 42-33 after the first 20 minutes, and watched it erode when Montana State went on a 13-0 run to tie the game at 51 with 15:36 left to go in the game. The Bobcats scored 56 points in the second half.
Western Carolina retook the lead off a three-pointer by Powell and twice had a seven point advantage on the Bobcats but Montana State tied the game for the fourth time of the game on a three point bucket by Jenny Heringer with 7:54 left. Herringer would turn around and scored a lay-up and give MSU the lead for good with 6:42 remaining.
Montana State would build as much as a 10-point lead in the final six minutes of the game and Western Carolina would get as close as three points twice but could never answer with a game-tying bucket to gain an advantage on the Bobcats. Also, in the final two minutes of the game, was Western Carolina was fouling to stay in the game, Montana State was a scorching 9-of-10 from the free throw line to maintain their advantage.
Western Carolina had 20 turnovers in the game and Montana scored 30 points off those turnovers. And although Western Carolina won the rebounding 46-43, only 16 were on the offensive end.
Western Carolina completes its three-game road swing Tuesday when the club travels to Asheville to take on rival UNC Asheville. Tip time is set for 7 p.m.
NOTES: Senior Brooke Johnson moved into third place for blocks in a career after recording two blocks against Montana State - she now has 83 blocks in her career ... Johnson has also recorded at least one block in the first five games of the season and currently has 10 this season ... Lauren Powell had three three-pointers against Montana State and currently had 178 in her career, needing three move to become the three-point career leader for Western Carolina.