Dec. 8, 2012
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's basketball's (3-5) late game surge fell short, as the Catamounts lost to Tennessee Tech (5-4) 61-56 Saturday in the Ramsey Center.
Trailing by 10, 55-45, with 3:26 left in the game, Western Carolina battled back to trail by three, 59-56, with 25 seconds left. Freshman guard Lindsay Simpson spearheaded an 11-4 run by Western Carolina hitting three treys, scoring a career-best nine points - her final three-pointer sliced the Golden Eagles' lead to three to keep the Catamounts in the game.
After Tennessee Tech's Lashay Davis hit 1-of-2 free throws, with nine seconds remaining, Simpson had a nice look at a three-pointer but it fell short and the rebound went to the Golden Eagles. Tennessee Tech's Kylie Cook hit 1-of-2 from the charity stripe, with one second left on the clock, to lock the game up.
Western Carolina led by two, 24-22, at the half and was led by sophomore guard Makensey Campbell who had 11 points at the break. She ended the game with a season-high 16 points, hitting three of her season-high four three-pointers in the first 20 minutes.
Tennessee Tech went from a 37.5 percent shooting percentage, in the first half, to a scorching 66.7 percent in the second, ending the contest shooting 51.1 percent. The Golden Eagles' hot-hand in the second half was the key to the game. Tennessee Tech outscored Western Carolina 39-32 in the second half. Western Carolina shot 45 percent in the first half and dipped to 35.5 in the second to end the game at 39.2 percent.
Neither team got a lot of second-chance opportunities as Tennessee Tech had only four offensive rebounds and the Catamounts had nine. Both teams ripped down 22 defensive rebounds.
Western Carolina also connected on a season-high seven three-pointers. Campbell and Simpson equated for all the three-pointers by the Catamounts.
Hidden in the mix, of Simpson's final minute heroics, and Campbell's three-point shooting was redshirt senior Diamond Hunnicutt's 13 points in the contest. It was the fourth time this season Hunnicutt has scored in double figures.
Western Carolina's 56 points in the contest are the most points scored by Western Carolina since defeating North Carolina Central, on November 20, 67-56. It is also the first time Western Carolina has scored over 50 points and lost.
The Catamounts will take an 11 day break before heading back on the hardwood. Western Carolina returns to action on December 19 traveling to Charleston, S.C. to take on Charleston Southern at 2 p.m.