Dec. 20, 2010
BOONE, N.C. Western Carolina women's basketball (3-7, 1-2 SoCon) dropped a road contest to Southern Conference rival Appalachian State (7-3, 2-1 SoCon) 65-50 Monday at the Holmes Center.
The loss halts a two-game winning streak for Western Carolina and pushes Appalachian State's home winning streak to 12. The Catamounts were led by Emily Clarke who had 13 points in the contest. With three made three pointers, Clarke moves into third place, with 127, for made three pointers in the Catamount record books.
The Catamounts were hampered by frigid shooting, ending the game shooting 27.3 percent from the field. After trailing by five points, 25-20, at the half, Western Carolina came out in the second half on a 5-0 run to tie the game at 25 thanks to a field goal and made free throw by Kaila'Shea Menendez and a field by Janae' McKinney.
The Catamounts looked to be making a run, but Appalachian State quickly retook the lead and built a seven point advantage, 33-26, when Sam Ramirez hit back-to-back three pointers. Western Carolina would never get close again in the game. The Catamounts hit just eight field goals in the second half and scored 11 of their 30 second half points at the free throw line.
It was slow going for both teams in the scoring department in the first half. Western Carolina took a brief lead, 7-5, at the 15:22 mark before Appalachian State went on a 6-0 run to build a four point advantage. The Catamounts were held scoreless for almost four minutes before Caitlin Hollifiled hit a jumper with 11:48 left. A pair of free throws by Emily Clarke tied the game for the second time in the half at 11.
Freshman guard Rena Wakama's jumper ended yet another four minute scoring draught for the Catamounts with 7:02 left. Twice, in the first half, Appalachian State built an eight point lead, the first thanks to a 6-0 run by Appalachian State.
After Appalachian State was leading by eight for the second time, Western Carolina finally put together a run of its own. It began with a three pointer by Clarke followed by a pair of free throws by Caitlin Hollifield
to cut the Mountaineers lead to three, 23-20, with 2:18 left. The Mountaineers Chakeitha Weldon hit a jumper with five seconds left in the half to give Appalachian State a five point lead, 25-20, at the half.
The rebounds were even at 42 and each team shot five three pointers.
Western Carolina will take eight days off for the Christmas holidays before returning to action on Tuesday, December 28 hosting Colorado State in the Ramsey Center. Tip time is set for 7 p.m.