Dec. 3, 2011
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's basketball (4-4, 0-1 Southern Conference) dropped its opening Southern Conference game of the season, 64-46, to Davidson (4-4, 1-0 SoCon) Saturday in the Ramsey Center.
Davidson's Sophia Aleksandravicius scored a game-high 20 points for the Wildcats and Western Carolina seemed to not have an answer for the junior forward. The Catamounts also served up 22 turnovers and Davidson turned it into 20 points.
Western Carolina kept the game close for most of the first half, although it never led in the contest. The Catamounts came from down nine points to cut the Wildcat lead to two, 14-12, with 10:23 left in the first half, but never got that close again. Davidson reeled off an 18-6 run, in the final 10 minutes of the half, to all but put the game away.
Davidson padded its lead in the second half. The Wildcats opened the first nine minutes of the second half with a 20-9 run, and it became a deficit the Catamounts couldn't dig themselves out of.
All 15 Western Carolina players saw action in the contest. Freshman guard Nancy Thacker scored her first points as a Catamount in the first half of the game.
Western Carolina shot 35.1 percent from the field while Davidson shot 39.7. For the first time this season, the rebounds were even between the Catamounts and their opponent with each team having 39.
Sophomore Shauna Terry led Western Carolina with eight points. Fellow sophomore Kristen Lyon added six points, after garnering the first start of her career.
Davidson's Barbara Sitton added 14 points and Laura Murray added 11 for the Wildcats.
Western Carolina completes its three-game home stand by hosting rival Appalachian State. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. in the Ramsey Center.
For the second time this season all 15 Catamount players saw action in a game, the first was in the game against Campbell ... Freshman Makensey Campbell hit a career-high two three-pointers ... Junior Diamond Hunnicutt led the Catamounts with six rebounds ... Western Carolina went to the free throw line just six times in the game, hitting two ... Senior guard Kaila' Shea Menendez failed to hit double figures in scoring for just the second time this season ... Western Carolina is now 0-4 when failing to score 60 or more points.