Feb. 1, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's basketball (5-14, 3-7 Southern Conference) opens a two-game road swing at 2 p.m. Saturday at UNCG (4-15, 1-9 SoCon).
The Catamounts are trying to snap a two-game losing streak after picking up its first SoCon road win, on January 23, with an 88-83 triple overtime victory at Furman. The Spartans collected their first SoCon victory on Saturday with an 87-75 win over Wofford.
In the two team's previous meeting, this season, Western Carolina came out on top just nipping UNCG 47-44 in Cullowhee. The Catamounts hold a narrow 31-30 lead all-time over the Spartans and are 6-4 over UNCG in the last 10 games.
A pair of guards pace Western Carolina in scoring as junior Rena Wakama and freshman Lindsay Simpson are each averaging 7.4 points per game. Simpson has averaged in double figure scoring in her consecutive starts, after getting her first starting nod against Chattanooga on January 20. Simpson collected a career-high 25 points against Furman in a game that also saw Wakama with a career-high 23.
UNCG has a couple of players averaging in double figures. Lucy Mason is pouring in an average of 14.2 points per game while Janae' Stevenson is averaging 11.2.
|Western Carolina at UNCG
Sat., Feb. 2 - 2:00 p.m. ET
As a team, Western Carolina is averaging 51.2 points per game while UNCG is 57.9. The Catamounts are allowing 59.4 points per game and UNCG 71.4.
The UNCG women's basketball team will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day during its match-up with Western Carolina on Saturday. NGWSD began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women's sports. Hyman died of Marfan's Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.