The Basics

Score: North Alabama 89, Western Carolina 66

Records:  Western Carolina 1-7, North Alabama 7-0

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

NEWARK, N.J. – Western Carolina women’s basketball dropped the final game of the NJIT Thanksgiving Classic 89-66 Sunday at the Wellness and Event Center. 

The Catamounts started the game strong, at one point leading 6-2, but a late first period run by North Alabama in the first period, and a 26-10 scoring output in the second put a halt on WCU’s bid to hand the Lions their first loss.

Turning Point

  • North Alabama outscored Western Carolina 26-10 in the second period and ballooned a lead the Catamounts could not claw back from.
  • Individual Leaders
  • Gabby Smith’s 13 points led the Catamounts just missing her third straight double-double with nine rebounds.
  • Jewel Smalls had 10 points hitting two three-pointers.
  • Jada Miller scored seven of her nine points in the game in the final three minutes of the game.

Inside the Box Score

  • North Alabama scored 20 or more points in three of the four periods.
  • The Lions went to the line 19 times hitting 14 of their shots from the charity stripe.
  • North Alabama hit nine three-pointers in the game and the Catamounts drained six.
  • Western Carolina and North Alabama each scored 19 points in the fourth period.
  • The Lions scored 27 points off the Catamounts’ 22 turnovers.
  • Western Carolina shot 40.6 percent from the field to North Alabama’s 47.1 percent.


News & Notes

  • With 13 points against North Alabama, Smith has now scored in double figures in the last three games. In the last three games, she is averaging 16 points per game.
  • The 89 points Western Carolina gave up to North Alabama is the most given up by the Catamounts this season. The previous high was 82 at Georgia Tech on Nov. 14. 
  • With nine three-pointers hit by North Alabama, it halts a streak of four straight games the Catamounts allowed an opponent to hit 11 three-pointers in a game.
  • With Smalls and Smith each scoring in double figures in the game, the pair are tied for most games with double-digit scoring at three each.


After a five-game road swing, Western Carolina returns home Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. to host North Carolina A&T in the Ramsey Center.

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