Dec. 19, 2012
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Sophomore guard Ali Lane scored a career-high 17 points in Western Carolina women's basketball's (3-6) 69-61 loss at Charleston Southern (5-4)Wednesday afternoon in the Buc Dome.
Lane scored 14, of her career-best 17 points, in the second half of the game against the Lady Buccaneers. However, Lane couldn't keep pace with Charleston Southern's Erin Bratcher who lit up the court with 25 points, hitting six three pointers.
Western Carolina carried a 31-26 lead into the locker room after building its largest lead of the game, 24-16, with 7:29 left in the first 20 minutes. The 31 points was the second most first-half points scored by the Catamounts this season, scoring 36 in the opening frame against North Carolina Central on November 21.
The Catamounts equaled its largest lead of the game, eight, 34-26, to start the second half. Western Carolina carried the lead for almost 10 minutes of the second half until the Catamounts shots stopped falling and Charleston Southern seemed to have a radar lock on the rim.
Charleston Southern's Lakeitha Alston's three pointer, with 9:58 left in the game, cut Western Carolina's lead to one, 47-46. Alston's trey was the first of five points she scored, in a two minute span, that gave them the lead for the first time in the game since 11:10 left in the first half. Alston's pair of free throws both tied and gave the Lady Buccaneers the lead, 48:47, with 8:39 left in the game.
Charleston Southern would lead the remainder of the game.
Western Carolina trailed by as much as seven, 56-49, with 5:09 left. The Catamounts kept clawing back, and trimmed the Charleston Southern lead to one, 58-57, thanks to a jumper by redshirt senior Diamond Hunnicutt. Alston answered with a lay-up and the Catamounts wouldn't get any closer for the remainder of the contest.
Ten of the 11 Catamounts who saw action in the game scored. Junior forward Shauna Terry ripped down 10 rebounds, the second time this season she has had double figure rebounds in a game.
Western Carolina was out-rebounded by three, 37-34, giving up 25 defensive rebounds to Charleston Southern. The Catamounts had just eight turnovers, dished out eight assists and swiped nine steals.
The stat of the game, besides Bratcher's 25 points, came from behind the arch as Charleston Southern hit 11 three-pointers. Western Carolina had just five. Charleston Southern made 26 trips to the charity stripe and hit 18, Western Carolina was 10-of-13 from the free throw line.
Western Carolina returns to action at 7 p.m. Friday at Georgia State.