The Basics

Score: Gardner-Webb 62, Western Carolina 52

Records: Western Carolina 3-11, Gardner-Webb 6-6

Location: Ramsey Center, Cullowhee, N.C.       

CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Western Carolina women’s basketball opened 2019 with a 62-52 loss to Gardner-Webb Wednesday in the Ramsey Center.

With the game tied at 32 midway through the third period, Gardner-Webb outscored WCU 30-20 in the final 14 plus minutes of the game to come away with the win.

Though the Catamounts did not have a player score in double figures in the contest, Western Carolina did have balanced scoring with every player who saw action on the court get in the scoring column.


Turning Point:

Gardner-Webb went to the free throw line 22 times and hit 19, shooting 86.4 percent from the free throw line.


Individual Leaders:

  • Freshman Jewel Smalls just missed a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds. She also had four steals in the game.
  • Juniors Judith Martin Ruiz and Tess Harris each had eight points and hit a pair of three-pointers. 
  • Gardner-Webb’s Ky’Asia Stanford led all scorers with 22 points.


Inside the Box Score:

  • Gardner-Webb earned a game-changing 22 trips to the free-throw line and hit 19. On the flip side, Western Carolina made 14 trips and hit seven.
  • The lead changed four times and the game was also tied four times.
  • Gardner-Webb turned Western Carolina’s 19 turnovers in the game to 16 points.
  • The Catamounts scored only four second-chance points.
  • Western Carolina had a better shooting percentage from the field then Gardner-Webb at 34 percent to the Runnin’ Bulldogs 32.2 percent.
  • Western Carolina hit nine three-pointers in the game the third most treys in a game for the Catamounts this season.
  • Gardner-Webb just edged Western Carolina in rebounding ripping down 41 to Western Carolina’s 38.


News & Notes:

  • Freshman forward Kayla Brown saw action for the first time since Nov. 9, 2018, against Campbell after sitting out 12 games with an injury. She came back with a balanced attack against Gardner-Webb with four points and four rebounds.
  • Western Carolina was able to dress nine players against the Runnin’ Bulldogs for the first time since Nov. 25 against North Alabama.
  • For just the second time this season Western Carolina failed to have a player score in double figures in a game.
  • Western Carolina is 2-3 over the last five games with Judith Martin Ruiz averaging 10.8 points per game and Tess Harris 10.3.
  • With her eight points against Gardner-Webb, Martin Ruiz snapped her three-game streak of scoring in double figures.
  • Harris has hit at least one three-pointer in the last seven games.



Western Carolina will take seven days off before returning to action at 6 p.m. Jan. 10 at Wofford to open Southern Conference play.

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