By Carey Phillips
Audrey Meyers hit a baseline jumper with three seconds left giving Western Carolina a 52-51 non-conference women’s basketball victory over Presbyterian on Nov. 16 at the Ramsey Center.
The basket marked the last of five lead changes in the final three minutes and came after an offensive rebound and assist by Madison Pack.
Vanessa Oduah put the Lady Cats (2-1) up 46-44 with 2:43 left in the game for their first lead since early in the second quarter.
Jade Compton’s two free throws gave the Lady Blue Hose a 51-50 edge with 18 seconds to go.
Oduah and Endia Holliday led WCU with 16 and 13 points, respectively.
Compton paced Presbyterian with 22 points. Nyah Willis finished with 12, and Tionna Carter had 11.
Pack and Nadia Marshall scored the first two baskets of the game, which marked Western’s largest lead.
PC went up 9-8 on Compton’s three-pointer at the 4:14 mark and led 15-14 at the quarter break.
The Lady Cats led 16-15 on Oduah’s basket with 9:44 to play in the half.
The Lady Blue Hose scored 10 straight points, including four each by Compton and Willis, for a 25-16 advantage with 6:44 on the clock.
The halftime margin was 30-25.
PC built the lead to 36-27 on Compton’s layup with 6:14 to go in the third period.
Holliday hit seven free throws in a 9-2 spurt cutting the gap to 38-36 at the 1:51 mark.
Presbyterian led 42-38 entering the fourth quarter.
A key to WCU’s win was a 37-22 rebounding advantage. Marshall led the way with six, and Carter had six for PC.
That helped the Lady Cats overcome 36.4 percent field goal shooting, including missing all 14 three-point attempts. The Lady Blue Hose shot 41.5 percent from the floor.
Turnovers hurt both teams as PC committed one more than Western (21 to 20).
Completing the WCU scoring were Zanoria Cruz with nine, Marshall with six, and Meyers, Pack, Mykaylyn Davis and Tembre Moates all with two.