The Elon University women's basketball team pulled back to a .500 record both overall and in Southern Conference play with a 64-48 win over Western Carolina University Monday afternoon.

Seniors Ali Ford and Kelsey Evans led the way for the Phoenix with 14 points each. Ford also had eight assists, which ties her career high. Evans pulled down 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season.

The Catamounts were paced by junior guard Rena Wakama, as she tallied 16 points on 6-of-21 shooting. Western Carolina's next highest scorer was senior forward Diamond Hunnicutt, who scored seven points.

Elon shot 50 percent from the field, knocking down 28-of-56 shots, but the Phoenix turned the ball over 20 times, pushing the turnover total in two Southern Conference games to 41.

Monday's game tipped off at 12 p.m., an abnormal start time, because the Catamounts held their annual "Education Day" in which area school children attended the game.

Conference play subsides until January as Elon finishes out the last five games of the non-conference schedule. The Phoenix return to the floor on Sunday, Dec. 9 in Raleigh against the North Carolina State University Wolfpack. In five games against the Wolfpack, Elon has never come out on top, most recently falling to the Wolfpack 65-41 on Nov. 18, 2008. Game time is set for 2 p.m.


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