The Basics

Score: Tennessee Tech 77, Western Carolina 58

Records:  Western Carolina 1-5, Tennessee Tech 3-1

Location: Eblen Center, Cookeville, Tenn.        

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Freshman forward Gabby Smith posted the first double-double of her Catamount career with 16 points and 11 rebounds in Western Carolina women’s basketball’s gritty performance on the road at Tennessee Tech Monday. WCU fell to the Golden Eagles 76-58 in the Eblen Center.

The Catamounts hung tough with the Golden Eagles but couldn’t overcome the 11 three-pointers Tennessee Tech put up in the game. WCU put had a strong shooting night, despite the score, just outshooting the Golden Eagles at 44.9 percent.

Turning Point

Tennessee Tech scored 20 plus points in the second and third period and hit 11 three-pointers in the game.

Individual Leaders

  • Smith's 16 points and 12 rebounds were both career-highs for the rookie.
  • Angel Allen and Tembre Moates each scored eight points.
  • Jewel Smalls had a balanced seven points and five rebounds.
  • Tennessee Tech’s Jordan Brock and Kesha Brady each scored 18 points to lead the game.

Inside the Box Score

  • The game was tied five times and the lead changed twice.
  • Western Carolina won the rebounding game ripping down 35 rebounds to Tennessee Tech’s 33.
  • The Catamounts gave up the ball 22 times and it turned into 24 points for the Golden Eagles.
  • Western Carolina was aggressive in the paint pouring in 36 points.


News & Notes

  • Western Carolina has had at least one player score in double figures in five of the first six games of the season.
  • The 58 points Western Carolina scored in the game is the second most scored by WCU in a road game this season. WCU scored 59 at Coastal Carolina to open the season.
  • With the loss, WCU is still looking for a road win in the young season.
  • Smith’s double-double is the first of the season for a Catamount.
  • Western Carolina’s 44.9 percent shooting from the field is the best of the season for the Catamounts.
  • The 11 three-pointers by Tennessee Tech is the third-straight game the Catamounts have given up that amount of three-pointers in a game.
  • Western Carolina’s freshmen, who saw action, and transfer Farasia Hodge combined for 41 of the Catamounts’ 58 points in the game.


Western Carolina travels to Newark, N.J. on Thanksgiving Day in preparation for the New Jersey Institute of Technology Thanksgiving Challenge on Nov. 24-25. The Catamounts will take on host NJIT at 1 p.m. Saturday before tangling with North Alabama on Sunday at noon.  

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