Dec. 21, 2012
ATLANTA, Ga. - Sophomore guard Ali Lane notched her second consecutive double figure scoring performance, with 14 points, in Western Carolina women's basketball's (3-7) 64-45 loss to Georgia State (7-2) Friday at the GSU Sports Arena.
Lane had 10 of her points in the first half, scoring almost half of the Catamounts' 19 points in the first 20 minutes of the game.
Freshman guard Lindsay Simpson continues to build her offensive presence. After going scoreless in the first half, Simpson poured in the Catamounts' final 10 points of the game, including nailing a pair of three-pointers. The 10 points by Simpson was her first foray into double figure scoring and a career-high for the Franklin, N.C. native.
Western Carolina was strong early in the first half. But even holding the potent high-powered Panther offense scoreless in a three minutes span, from the seven minute mark to four minutes, the Catamounts trailed by five, 20-15; but just couldn't capitalize on the Panthers' scoring drought.
Georgia State ended the first half on a 12-8 run to carry a 34-19 lead into the locker room. The 13-point deficit was something the Catamounts could never recover from.
Western Carolina did come out in the second half with some vigor, scoring the first four points of the second half. The pair of buckets cut the Panthers' lead to 34-23 and caused Georgia Southern to call a timeout and re-group.
After the quick shooting by Western Carolina, to start the second half, the Catamounts seemed to cool off from the field. Twice more Western Carolina trimmed the Panther lead to 11, with the last being 40-29, before Georgia State went on a 9-2 run to build an 18 point lead.
Western Carolina committed 20 turnovers and the Panthers capitalized scoring 25 points on Catamount miscues. The Catamounts did have 10 steals in the game and recorded three blocks, including a block from junior forward Shauna Terry, who now has 80 in her career. Terry needs three more blocks to move into fourth place for blocks in the Catamount record books.
Western Carolina will break for the holidays and return to action at 7 p.m. December 29 at the University of South Carolina.