The Basics

Score: Western Carolina 71, North Greenville 44

Records:  Western Carolina 4-15, North Greenville 4-15

Location: Ramsey Center, Cullowhee, N.C.           

CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Freshman Jewel Smalls scored a career-high 17 points and was one of three Western Carolina women’s basketball players to score in double figures, as the Catamounts downed visiting North Greenville 71-44 Wednesday in the Ramsey Center.  

Turning Point

Pesky North Greenville hung on for three periods, only down 46-35 after three periods, but Western Carolina outscored the Crusaders 25-9 in the fourth period to put the game away.


Individual Leaders

  • Smalls led all scorers with her career-high 17 points hitting two three-pointers and going 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
  • Junior Judith Martin Ruiz had twelve points going 5-of-9 from the field.
  • Senior Angel Allen added 10 points to go along with six assists.
  • Freshman Gabby Smith tied her career-high with 11 rebounds.

Inside the Box Score

  • Western Carolina started with two points, even before the jump ball, as North Greenville was assessed a technical foul for putting the starters in the scorebook late. Smalls hit both free throws to put WCU up 2-0 before the clock even started.
  • Western Carolina ripped down a season-high 51 rebounds in the game. Thirty-eight of the Catamounts rebounds were on the defensive side of the ball.
  • The Catamounts were 10-of-14 from the free throw line.
  • Western Carolina went on a 20-point scoring run that lasted until 3:46 left in the fourth period.
  • The Catamounts led for 39 of the 40 minutes in the game.
  • Both teams had 16 turnovers.
  • Western Carolina shot 41.3 percent from the field and held North Greenville to 26.6 percent.


News & Notes

  • The 44 points scored by North Greenville is the lowest scoring output of the season by a Catamount opponent.
  • Western Carolina’s 71 points against North Greenville ties for the Catamounts season-high in a game.
  • The win halts Western Carolina’s six-game losing streak and is the first victory of 2019 for the Catamounts.
  • Junior Tess Harris hit two three-pointers in the game giving her 108 in her career moving her into a tie for eighth place in the WCU record books.
  • Smalls has now scored in double figures in eight games this season.



Western Carolina hits the road traveling to UNCG Saturday for a Southern Conference match-up with the Spartans. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at Fleming Gymnasium.

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