Dec. 29, 2013
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Western Carolina women's basketball (7-5) defeated Morgan State (2-9) 82-56 Sunday to place third in the Holiday Tournament, hosted by Miami, at BankUnited Center.
Three players scored in double figures paced by senior forward Shauna Terry with 13 points. Terry just missed a double-double with eight rebounds. Guards Rena Wakama and Justin Taylor each had 12.
Western Carolina had to fend off a tenacious Morgan State team for most of the first half as the Bears kept the Catamount lead to single digits over 15 minutes. Up by six, 30-24, back-to-back three pointers by Hana Haden and Taylor handed WCU its first double digit lead, 36-24, of the game.
In the final three minutes, of the half, Morgan State would cut it to single digits again. A pair of jumpers by Taylor and Terry, to close out the half pushed the Catamount lead to 13, 44-31.
The Catamounts opened the second half with five unanswered points to force Morgan State to call timeout. After recapturing the double-digit lead in the first half Western Carolina would enjoy a double digit lead through the rest of the game.
Morgan State was held to just 25 second-half points. In the final 10 minutes of the game, Western Carolina outscored the Bears 20-12.
Morgan State had a pair of players score in double figures led by Tracey Carrington with a game-high 18. Danielle Forrest added 10.
Western Carolina forced Morgan State to turn the ball over 25 times and got 30 points off Bear turnovers. The Catamounts shot 43.1 percent from the field and 31.8 from the three point line. WCU ripped down a season-high 55 rebounds, 27 offensive and 28 defensive, and held the Bears to 35 boards, 14 on offense.
Western Carolina returns to action Jan. 4 at Wofford for its second Southern Conference road game of the season tipping off against the Terriers at 2 p.m. in Spartanburg, S.C.
The victory over the Bears halts a two-game losing streak for the Catamounts.
The 82 points is a season-high for the Catamounts.
Western Carolina ends the month of December with a record of 4-2.
Freshman forward Alexis Carter scored a season-high eight points against Morgan State.
Western Carolina finished its non-conference schedule with a record of 6-5.
Shauna Terry had two blocks against Morgan State and upped her career total to 121 ... She needs 10 to break the Catamount career record of 130.