The Basics

Score: Furman 53, Western Carolina 28

Records:  Western Carolina 4-19, 0-8 SoCon, Furman 13-10, 5-3 SoCon

Location: Ramsey Center, Cullowhee, N.C.            

CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Western Carolina women’s basketball suffered from a frigid night shooting in the Catamounts 53-28 loss to Furman Thursday in the Ramsey Center.

Turning Point

Trailing by just two after the first period, 12-10, Western Carolina could only muster single-digit scoring in the ensuing remaining three periods to allow Furman to cruise to the win.

Individual Leaders

  • Junior Judith Martin Ruiz was Western Carolina’s only double-figure scorer with 12 points. She also led the team with seven rebounds.
  • Jada Miller was just shy of double figures with eight points. 
  • Furman’s Celena Taborn led all scorers with a double-double of 16 points and 15 rebounds.

Inside the Box Score

  • In the final three periods of the game, Western Carolina could only muster 16 points: second (5), third (4), fourth (7).
  • Western Carolina shot just 17.3 percent, hitting just nine field goals in the game, from the field its lowest percentage of the season.
  • Furman shot 38.1 percent from the field.
  • Furman ripped down 48 rebounds to Western Carolina’s 37.
  • Western Carolina had 21 turnovers leading to 23 points for Furman.
  • Western Carolina did have five blocks in the game which ties for the second most of the season.

News & Notes

  • The 28 points Furman allowed Western Carolina is the lowest scoring output the Paladins have allowed a Southern Conference team in the school’s history.
  • Martin Ruiz’s 12 points mark the fifth straight game she has scored in double figures.
  • Freshman Kayla Brown recorded a career-high three blocks in the game.
  • Junior Farasia Hodge got her first start since Jan. 10 against Wofford.


Western Carolina hosts Wofford at 2 p.m. Saturday, in the Ramsey Center, in the Catamounts’ annual Play4Kay game. All fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game in honor of former North Carolina State Head Women’s Basketball Coach Kay Yow to breast cancer awareness.   

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