The Basics

Score: Furman 65, Western Carolina 55

Records:  Western Carolina 3-13, 0-2 SoCon, Furman 10-7, 2-0 SoCon

Location: Timmons Arena, Greenville, S.C.    


GREENVILLE, S.C. – Western Carolina women’s basketball closed out its two-game road swing with a 65-55 loss at Furman Saturday in Timmons Arena.

Three Catamounts scored in double figures led by rookie Jewel Smalls who had 13 points in the game.

Turning Point

The Paladins got a lift from freshman Jade Kirisome who scored 12 of their 20 points in the second period outscoring the Catamounts 20-13 building on the 17-15 lead after the first period.


Individual Leaders

  • Tess Harris had 12 points in the game hitting four of Western Carolina’s five three-pointers in the game. 
  • Smalls led with 13 points for her sixth double-figure scoring performance of the season.
  • Judith Martin Ruiz added 10 points. 
  • Celena Taborn led Furman with 15 points.
  • Kirisome four Furman had 14 points scoring 12 of those points in the second period.
  • Senior Angel Allen just missed scoring in double figures with eight points.


Inside the Box Score

  • Western Carolina won the fourth period outscoring Furman 15-13.
  • Furman shot 44.4 percent from the field while WCU shot 37.3.
  • Both teams hit five three-pointers in the game.
  • Furman just edged Western Carolina in rebounding pulling down 39 to Western Carolina’s 34.
  • Furman had 14 turnovers in the game and Western Carolina had 12. The Catamounts got 14 points off the Paladin’s turnovers.


News & Notes

  • Freshman Kayla Brown earned the first start of her career in her third game back from an injury she sustained earlier in the season. She put in solid work with seven points, seven rebounds and two blocks.
  • Harris’ four three-pointers in the game give her 105 in her career tying her for ninth in the WCU record books with former Catamount April Fleck (1997-2001). She needs one to take over ninth and five to move into eighth place.
  • Brown is averaging 7.3 points per game in her first three games back from injury.
  • Harris has now scored in double figures in back-to-back games.
  • In the first two conference games of the season, Harris is averaging 16.5 points per game and Smalls is clocking in at 13.



Western Carolina returns home Thursday hosting Mercer at 5 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with men’s basketball who will welcome UNCG at 7:30 p.m. in the Ramsey Center.

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