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Furman Falls At Western Carolina, 65-54

Holli Wilkins
Holli Wilkins

CULLOWHEE, N.C. -- Hana Haden connected on a pair of 3-pointers and scored eight points in a 16-3 run midway through the second half to propel Western Carolina past Furman, 65-54, in Southern Conference women's basketball action Saturday afternoon at the Ramsey Center.

The victory snapped a three-game losing skid by Western Carolina (10-11, 4-6 SoCon) and gave the Catamounts a season series split with Furman (12-9, 6-4 SoCon), which had won its last two games entering Saturday's contest.

Trailing 41-40 midway through the second half, Western Carolina tied the game with a Justin Taylor free throw and took the lead for good on Alex Abraham's jump shot with 7:29 remaining.

Haden fueled the rally on WCU's next trip down the court, burying a 3-pointer to stretch the lead to 46-41.  Her jump shot with five minutes to go stretched the Catamounts' advantage to 50-43, which she soon padded with her second 3-pointer of the contest to make it 53-43 with just over four minutes left.

A Rena Wakama 3-pointer at the 2:30 mark pushed the lead to 56-43 and sealed the game's outcome.

Furman suffered through its worst shooting performance of the season, connecting on just 18-of-60 shots from the field (30.0 percent) and only one of 13 attempts from 3-point range.  The Paladins aided Western Carolina's second half surge by converting just 7-of-33 shots over the final 20 minutes (21.2 percent).

Holli Wilkins led Furman with 12 points, and Brittany Hodges chipped in 11 points and a game high 13 rebounds despite sitting out much of the first half due to foul trouble.

Justin Taylor paced WCU with 12 points, followed by Haden with 11 points and Erika Joseph with 10 points.  The Catamounts shot 36.8 percent from the field (21-of-57) and drained 6-of-17 3-pointers.

Furman returns to action on Monday at Appalachian State in a 6:00 p.m. game.