Score: Mercer 69, Western Carolina 67
Records: Western Carolina 3-14, 0-3 SoCon, Mercer 10-7, 2-0 SoCon
Location: Ramsey Center, Cullowhee, N.C.
CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Western Carolina women’s basketball showed the heart of a lion Thursday night in their gritty and heart-wrenching comeback attempt against Mercer falling 69-67 in the Ramsey Center.
The Bears may have taken the game but just might have woken a sleeping den of Catamounts as WCU put together their strongest and most solid performance of the season. In early January this Catamount team looks like they just found their roar against Mercer.
Clawing back into the game after trailing 47-28 at the half, Western Carolina outscored Mercer in each of the final two periods for a total of 39-22 tying the game at 67 off a three-point shot by Jewel Smalls. Mercer escaped by going 2-of-4 from the free throw line 30 seconds of the game.
- Smalls led the Catamounts with 15 points, just one point shy of her career-high of 16.
- Freshman Kayla Brown scored a career-high 12 points to go along with six rebounds.
- Angel Allen added 10 points and Jada Miller also had a career-high 10 points.
- Junior Farasia Hodge ripped down a career-high 10 rebounds and added six points.
- Mercer’s Keke Calloway led all scorers with 19 points.
Inside the Box Score
- After Mercer scored 20 or more points in the first two periods, Western Carolina held the Bears to 10 and 12 points in the third and fourth period for a total of 22 points. Meanwhile, the Catamounts exploded for 20 points in the third period and 19 in the fourth for a total of 39 points.
- At one time, Mercer had built a 20-point lead, 45-25 with 1:25 left in the second period. The Catamounts overcame would seem like insurmountable odds to claw back into the game in the second half.
- Western Carolina committed 23 turnovers in the game turning into 19 points for Mercer.
- The Catamounts shot as season-high 50 percent from the field and marked the first time this season WCU has shot 50 percent or better in a game.
- The 27 field goals made by Western Carolina ties for the most this season.
- Western Carolina held Mercer to its fourth-lowest field goal percentage of the season as the Bears shot 37.5 percent.
- Western Carolina scored 30 of its points inside the paint shooting 15-of-1723 just inside the free throw line.
- Thirty of Western Carolina’s 37 rebounds were on the defensive end. Mercer topped Western Carolina in the rebounding department with 42.
News & Notes
- Tess Harris knocked down her 106th career three-pointer giving her sole possession of ninth place in the Catamount women’s basketball record books. She needs four to move into eighth.
- For the third straight game, Western Carolina has had three or more players score in double figures in a game.
- Western Carolina’s 67 points against Mercer is the third-most points the Catamounts have scored in a game this season.
- The Catamounts have scored 60 or more points in two of the last three games.
- In the first three conference games, Smalls is averaging 13.7 points per game and shooting 41.5 percent from the field.
Western Carolina plays game two of its three-game homestand welcoming Samford into the Ramsey Center on Saturday for a 2 p.m. tip-off.
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