The Basics

Score: New Jersey Institute of Technology 79, Western Carolina 71

Records:  Western Carolina 1-6, NJIT 1-5

Location: Wellness and Event Center, Newark, N.J.         

NEWARK, N.J. – Western Carolina had three players score in double figures in a gritty hard-nosed 79-71 loss to New Jersey Institute of Technology Saturday in the Wellness and Event Center. 

Freshman Gabby Smith led the Catamounts with her second consecutive double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. She was followed by Angel Allen’s 13 points and Judith Martin Ruiz’s 10.

Western Carolina’s 71 points are the most scored this season but weren’t enough to combat the Highlander’s 11 three-pointers in the game.

Turning Point

NJIT hit 11 three-pointers in the game and outscored the Catamounts 18-11 in the second period to pull just far enough away in the tight game.

Individual Leaders

  • Smith’s 21points was a career-high besting her previous best of 16 against Tennessee Tech on Nov. 19. She also had 11 rebounds for her second-straight double-double.
  • Martin Ruiz’s 10 points were the first time she has scored in double figures this season.
  • Allen had 13 points and had six rebounds and three assists.
  • NJIT’s Kelly Guarino led all scorers with 26 points.

Inside the Box Score

  • Western Carolina won the fourth-period outscoring NJIT 27-24.
  • The Catamounts shot 39.7 percent from the field to the Highlander’s 45.6.
  • NJIT earned 21 trips to the free throw line and hit 16.
  • Western Carolina scored 32 of its points inside the paint.
  • NJIT got 16 points off WCU’s 16 turnovers in the game.
  • The score was tied five times and the lead changed 11 times.


News & Notes

  • Smith’s 21 points in the game make her the second Catamount to score 20 or more points this season following junior Tess Harris who had 27 against Young Harris.
  • The 21 points scored by Smith is the first time a Catamount women’s basketball freshman has scored 20 or more points in a game since the 2014-15 season when former Catamount Ace Easter scored 21 points against UNC Greensboro on Jan. 24, 2015.
  • For the fourth straight game, WCU has allowed an opponent to hit 11 three-pointers in a game.
  • Western Carolina’s seven made three-pointers is the fourth time this season the Catamounts have hit seven or more three-pointers in a game.
  • Three players scoring in double figures in a game is a first for the Catamounts this season.


Western Carolina concludes play in the NJIT Thanksgiving Classic on Sunday taking on North Alabama at noon in the Wellness and Event Center in Newark, N.J. 

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