Dec. 28, 2013
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Western Carolina women's basketball (6-5) fell to New Mexico (5-5) 56-37 Saturday, at the BankUnited Center, in the second game of the Holiday Tournament hosted by the University of Miami.
The Catamounts will play Morgan State at 1 p.m. Sunday in the consolation bracket. The Bears fell to host Miami 80-42 in the first game of the tournament.
After leading 20-18 at the half, Western Carolina gave up 37 second half points to New Mexico. The Lobo charge was led by Antiesha Brown who sank the first six New Mexico points of the second half and ended the game with 14.
Western Carolina scored just 17 points in the final 20 minutes. It was the second straight game WCU led at the half only to give up the advantage in the second and drop the game.
New Mexico also found the three-point line. The Lobos were 0-of-8 in the first half behind the three-point arch and 2-for-7 in the second 20 minutes.
Junior guard Makensey Campbell hit all three of Western Carolina's three-pointers in the game and ended the contest with 11 points. Campbell accounted for almost a third of the Catamounts' 37 points in the contest.
Tied at 18 in the waning seconds of the first half, Western Carolina took a two-point, 20-18, lead into the locker room. Senior forward Shauna Terry worked herself around the bucket to score, for the Catamounts, with 2.7 seconds left.
Western Carolina led by as much as seven points twice in the first 20 minutes but couldn't expand on its lead - going almost nine minutes without a field goal. Terry's bucket halted the draught.
New Mexico came out in the second half to tie the game, at 20, on a jumper by Brown. It was Brown's six straight points, and offensive pressure, that pushed the Lobos ahead. The Lobos outscored Western Carolina eight to four to claim its first lead, since the 13:11 mark in the first half when New Mexico was up 9-8 on the Catamounts. New Mexico would never trail again.
Western Carolina kept the New Mexico lead under double digits for most of the second half. Trailing by seven, 38-31 with 10:23 remaining, Western Carolina had a couple of key possessions that looked like it would get the Catamounts back in the game.
In the span of four minutes, Western Carolina had a pair of steals, and also sent Erika Joseph to the free throw line for a pair of free throws. The Catamounts were unable to convert the steals into points and Joseph went 0-for-2 from the charity stripe.
Western Carolina was 6-of-12 from the free throw line and New Mexico made the most of its freebie trips going 6-of-9. After shooting 32 percent from the field in the first half, the Catamounts dipped to 24 percent in the second half to shoot 28 percent overall. The Lobos, on the other hand, recovered from its anemic 25.8 percent in the first half, to shoot a scorching 53.3 percent in the second.
New Mexico out-rebounded Western Carolina 46 to 33 and ripped down a balanced 20 offensive and 26 defensive boards.
Western Carolina is on a two-game losing streak.
12 of Western Carolina's 13 players active on its roster saw action in the game against New Mexico with nine of them getting in the scoring column.
Western Carolina's 37 points against New Mexico is its lowest scoring output this season.
Senior forward Shauna Terry had two blocks against New Mexico ... She currently has 119 career blocks and needs 12 to break the school record of 130.
Western Carolina and Morgan State meet for the first time in both school's history.