Feb. 28, 2014
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's basketball (13-15, 7-10) hosts rival Appalachian State (12-15, 9-8 SoCon) Saturday at 2 p.m. in its final home game of the season in the Ramsey Center.
Western Carolina is coming off a huge 74-72 road win at Georgia Southern on Feb. 24. The Catamounts had not won at the Eagles' Hanner Field House since 2007. Appalachian State knocked off Davidson the same night 72-70.
The Catamounts won the first meeting at Appalachian State on Nov. 26, defeating the Mountaineers 71-63. The victory snapped a nine game losing streak to Appalachian State.
Western Carolina is currently sitting in the eighth spot in the Southern Conference race. There are three teams with seven wins, Western Carolina, Samford and Georgia Southern. The Catamounts have split with both teams. Western Carolina is locked in the eighth spot but has the potential to move up to seventh or sixth with a win over Appalachian State on Saturday and some help from other conference games being played on Friday and Sunday.
Western Carolina has upped its scoring average over the last two games ... The Catamounts are averaging 60.4 points per game but has scored 70 or more points in the last two games ... Overall, the Catamounts have scored 70 or more points five times this season.
Western Carolina is averaging 14.8 turnovers per game, however only averaged 11 in the last two games ... Junior Justin Taylor, who averages 2.8 turnovers per game did not commit a turnover in the last two games.
Western Carolina is 8-4 at home this season and 4-4 in home conference games ... The Catamounts are averaging 61.4 points per game at home and giving up 57.6 ... Rena Wakama (10.3) and Justin Taylor (10.1) are averaging double figures at home.
Western Carolina continues to rank third in the Southern Conference in scoring defense allowing 61.9 points per game ... The Catamounts rank first in three points allowed defensively holding opponents to just 28.7 percent from behind the three point arch ... Senior Shauna Terry, the WCU career blocks leader, ranks sixth in the SoCon in blocked shots with 31.