Dec. 16, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's basketball (6-3) extended its winning streak to six straight with a 56-47 home win against Charleston Southern (3-5) Monday in the Ramsey Center.
The winning streak is the longest since 2009 when the Catamounts won 10 straight. The Catamounts haven't lost in the month of December with a 3-0 record.
A three-pointer by junior Makensey Campbell, with 2:04 left in the game, gave Western Carolina its first lead in the second half, 48-47. Trailing 47-45, before Campbell's trey, the Catamounts went on to score the final 11 points of the game to secure the win.
Western Carolina was 8-of-10 from the free throw line, in the final two minutes of the game to ice the contest. Ali Lane, whose free throws was key to the 42-38 win at Presbyterian on Dec. 4, was 3-of-4 from the charity strip in the final 40 seconds of the game.
Down 29-26 at the half, Western Carolina came out of the locker room to score six straight points to knot the game to start the final 20 minutes. After the game was tied three times in the first six minutes, Charleston Southern retook the lead on a three-pointer by Anica Dotson. Charleston Southern would lead the game until Campbell hit the three-pointer in the final two plus minutes of the game.
Western Carolina kept the game in check by holding Charleston Southern to 18 points in the second half. The Catamounts had 33 points in the final 20 minutes after scoring 23 in the first half.
Both teams hit 18 field goals, and Charleston Southern connected on four three pointers, but the game was won at the free throw line. Western Carolina was 18-of-27 from the charity stripe as opposed to 7-of-15 for the Buccaneers.
For the second straight game Western Carolina did not have a player score in double figures, however, all but one player who saw time on the court scored. Campbell led the team with nine points and Rena Wakama and Alex Abraham each ripped down seven rebounds.
Western Carolina out-rebounded Charleston Southern 46 to 30 on the glass and held the Buccaneers to just six offensive boards.
The Catamounts return to action on Thursday playing at North Carolina Central. Tip time is set for 2 p.m. and the game can be heard on Power 90.5 and catamountsports.com.