March 2, 2014
CULLOWHEE, N.C. -Western Carolina women's basketball has earned the No. 7 seed in the upcoming Southern Conference Championships and will play No. 10 seed UNCG at 1:15 p.m. Friday at Kimmel Arena in Asheville, N.C.
The Catamounts swept the Spartans in the regular season winning in Greensboro 60-49 and defeating UNCG 63-51 later in the season in Cullowhee. Rena Wakamaled the Catamounts in the first meeting with 21 points. In Cullowhee, sophomore forward Erikia Joseph notched her first career double-double with 16 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.
The last time the Catamounts met UNCG in the first round of the SoCon Championships was 2010 as an 8th seed. Western Carolina fell to the Spartans in the first round 57-55. Overall, Western Carolina is 0-2 in the conference championships against UNCG. In 2012 Western Carolina was the 7th feed and bested then 10th seeded Georgia Southern 61-56 in overtime. The Catamounts went on to fall to No. 2 seeded Appalachian State 61-46.
Western Carolina enters the tournament with a record of 13-16. The Catamounts are led by senior guard Rena Wakamawho is averaging 10.3 points per game. It is the first time in her four year career Wakama is averaging double figures.
The tournament will begin in UNC Asheville's Kimmel Arena with No. 8 Georgia Southern taking on No. 9 Wofford at 11:00 a.m., which is part of the Education Day program. That game will be followed by No. 7 Western Carolina against No. 10 UNCG at 1:15 p.m. Saturday's quarterfinals begin with Chattanooga taking on the winner of game 1 (Georgia Southern/Wofford), to be followed by Appalachian State taking on Elon at 2:15 p.m. Furman will take on the winner of the Western Carolina, UNCG match-up at 4:30 p.m. No. 3 Davidson and No. 6 Samford will around out second day action at 6:45 p.m. the final game in Kimmel Arena. The women's semifinals and championship game will be held in the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville.
The women's championship game, which is scheduled for Monday at 3:00 p.m. in the U.S. Cellular Center can be seen on ESPN3.