Lady Catamounts Falter at High Point, Lose 89-87

CATAMOUNTSPORTSDOTCOM Senior Teyawna Hardy scored 20 points in the loss at High Point Monday night.
Senior Teyawna Hardy scored 20 points in the loss at High Point Monday night.

Dec. 19, 2005

Final Stats

High Point, N.C. - Despite four players in double figures, including a season-high 20 points from senior Teyawna Hardy, Western Carolina faltered on the road, falling to the High Point Panthers, 89-87, Monday night in non-conference action at the Millis Center.

The loss was Western's eighth-consecutive to start the season and its fourth by three points or less this year.

The four Lady Catamounts in double figures were led by Hardy with a season-high 20 points off the bench. The Ellenboro, N.C., shot 6-of-11 from the floor with a 5-of-6 showing from the free throw line, adding nine rebounds, three of which were on the offensive end.

Sophomore guard Chevon Keith added a dozen in the loss, also boarding right at her seasonal average with nine. Her classmate, Monique Dawson, scored 11 including a 6-for-7 showing from the free throw line, with freshman Lauren Powell notching her sixth double-digit scoring output with 10, while Teshymia Tillman, playing in her hometown of High Point, scored nine and dished out a career-best four assists.

Five minutes into the second half, Western cut the High Point advantage to one point, 47-46 on an Amelia Miller lay-up. Yet a 13-3, 10-point spurt by the Panthers pushed the advantage to double-digits at 11, 60-49. The Lady Cats would not go away, however, clawing back into the ball game with a 14-4 run of their own to again close the deficit to one, 64-63. It was as close as Western would get until the closing seconds of the game when Keith drained a 3-pointer with two seconds showing.

The Panthers, who entered the game shooting 66-percent from the free throw line as a team, hit right at their average over the final two minutes to seal the win despite outscored 15-8 over the final two minutes of the game.



High Point (6-3) was led by the double-double performance of senior Katie O'Dell, who scored 21 points and boarded 10 in the win. Junior Candyce Sellars scored 12 of her 15 in the second half, including a pair of treys, while Raven Truslow scored 13 to round out the Panthers' double-figure tallies.

Western Carolina returns to action on Thursday, Dec. 29, at 7:00 pm as it travels to its second SEC foe of the season, visiting the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia, S.C.

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