Dec. 27, 2013
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Western Carolina women's basketball (6-4) returns to the hardwood Saturday, after a nine day break, to play in the Holiday Tournament hosted by the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. The Catamounts will open the tournament at 3 p.m. facing New Mexico (4-5).
The Catamounts had its six-game winning streak snapped, Dec. 19, when it fell on the road to North Carolina Central, 73-69. Western Carolina tied the school record for most three-pointers in a game with 11 against the Eagles.
The tournament in Miami is the first regular season tournament for Western Carolina since 2009. The team played in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage, Alaska.
Though she has been held to single digit scoring over the last three games, sophomore guard Lindsay Simpson is still averaging double digits, and leading the team, with 10.8 points per game. Senior guard Rena Wakama and junior guard Justin Taylor are just under double digits with a 9.2 and 9.0 average.
New Mexico is paced by Antiesha Brown averaging 14.7 points shooting .434 from the floor and .354 from 3-point range. Also leading the charge for the Lobos is senior Sara Halasz averaging 10.4 points and Khadijah Shumpert with 9.1` points and 5.6 boards.
Western Carolina will not be providing radio coverage for the tournament but fans can listen to the broadcast, with New Mexico, via the Lobo Radio Network. The link is provided on catamountsports.com.
Western Carolina and New Mexico meet for the first time in the two school's history.
Western Carolina has played at New Mexico before, however, in a neutral setting when the team played Vanderbilt in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Championships.
The 69 points scored by the Catamounts was the first time in three games Western Carolina has scored 60 or more points.
Western Carolina had three players score in double figures against North Carolina Central the first time in two games the Catamounts have had a double figure scorer.
Senior guard Rena Wakama was two points shy of tying her career-high with 21 points against North Carolina Central ... Wakama scored 18 of her points in the first half ... She was the first player for the 2013-14 season to score 20 or more points and it was her fourth double figure scoring performance this season ... She had career-highs in made field goals (8) and made three-pointers (4) against the Eagles.
Senior forward Alex Abraham will be providing a video diary of the trip to Miami.