Dec. 3, 2010
Middleton Comments on Game vs. No. 14 Florida State (AUDIO)
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's basketball hosts No. 14 Florida State at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Ramsey Center.
SISTER VS. SISTER AGAIN: For the second time this season, sisters will face off against each other ... Redshirt sophomore Diamond Hunnicutt will face off against her sister Christian Hunnicutt, a senior guard for Florida State ... Diamond was unable to play against her sister in the 2009-10 season because she was sidelined with an injury ... Earlier this season, senior Catamount guard Kendra Carroll played against her sister Laura in Western Carolina's exhibition game against Asbury.
ANOTHER TOP-25: For the second time this season Western Carolina will face a team ranked in the Top-25 ... The visit by No. 14 Florida State comes just two weeks after the Catamounts faced then No. 14 North Carolina at Chapel Hill ... The last time WCU faced to Top-25 teams in the regular season was the 2008-09 season when the Catamounts played North Carolina and Tennessee, the same season the team won the 2009 Southern Conference Tournament title.
MENENDEZ LIKES TO LEAD: For the third time in five games, Western Carolina was led in scoring by junior guard Kaila'Shea Menendez. The Raleigh, N.C. native scored 12 of her 14 points in the first half, against Samford, and was 6-of-6 from the free throw line.
THE HOLLIFIELD LINE: Junior forward Caitlin Hollifield notched her fourth double figure scoring performance of the young season, with 13, and also had a season high two blocks and ripped down a team-leading eight rebounds against Samford.
SECOND ACC TEAM IN THREE GAMES: Western Carolina's match-up with No. 14 Florida State is the second ACC team the Catamounts will meet in the last three games ... On November 21, WCU played ACC member North Carolina in Chapel Hill, falling to the Tar Heels 93-36.
FIRST FIVE OPPONENTS RECORDS: The overall record of Western Carolina's first five opponents is 21-11 ... Three of the teams have winning records: Asheville (3-2), North Carolina (7-0) and Samfrod (4-2).
FACING A TEAM AFTER A LOSS: Western Carolina has faced just one team, in the young season, who is coming off a loss ... The Catamounts are 0-1 playing a team who has lost its previous game ... Florida State is coming off a 72-64 loss to No. 25 Michigan State.
LAST MEETING WITH FLORIDA STATE: Western Carolina lost 80-47 to then ranked No. 11 Florida State in Tallahassee on December 30, 2009 ... Emily Clarke and Kendra Carroll each scored in double figures in the game ... Clarke finished the game with 19 points while Carroll added 10.
HOME VS. AWAY: Western Carolina is averaging 63.0 points per game and shooting 36.9 percent from the field at home ... On the road, WCU is averaging 57.0 points per game and shooting 38.5 percent from the field.
RANKED OPPONENTS LAST THREE YEARS: Western Carolina is 1-4 against ranked opponents over the last three years ... The Catamounts defeated a ranked team for the first time in school history when it knocked off No. 21/22 Louisville on Nov. 17, 2007 at a tournament at Minnesota ... In the 2008-09 season, the Catamounts lost to Top 25 ranked North Carolina (90-56) and Tennessee (83-56) ... In the 2009-10 season, Western Carolina lost at No. 11 Florida State 80-47 and this season, WCU fell to Top-25 North Carolina 93-36.