The Basics

Score: Western Carolina 68, USC Upstate 64 - OT

Records: Western Carolina 2-8, USC Upstate 2-6

Location: Ramsey Center, Cullowhee, N.C.       

CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Senior guard Angel Allen clocked in a double-double, 18 points, and 11 rebounds, in Western Carolina women’s basketball’s 68-64 overtime win over USC Upstate Tuesday in the Catamounts’ annual noon Education Day in the Ramsey Center.

With the game tied at 59 after regulation, Western Carolina and USC Upstate need five extra minutes, in overtime, to decide the game. After Allen made 1-of-2 free throws in the opening seconds of the overtime period, the Catamounts never trailed. In the Catamounts next possession, freshman Jewel Smalls drained a three-pointer to put WCU up by four, 63-59 with 3:08 left.

USC Upstate cut the Catamount lead to one, 65-64, on a fast break field goal by Brianna Lewis with 1:12 to play. Smalls was 3-of-4 from the free throw line, in the final 17 seconds of overtime, to secure the win.


Turning Point:

Western Carolina outscored USC Upstate 9-5 in overtime and was 6-of-8 from the free throw line.


Individual Leaders:

  • Allen led Western Carolina with her double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. It was the first double-double of her career and a career-best in rebounds for the Murfreesboro, Tenn. native.
  • Smalls was the second Catamount to score in double figures with a career-high 16 points and just missed a double-double with eight rebounds.
  • Junior Farasia Hodge rounded out the double-figure scoring for WCU with 10 points.
  • USC Upstate’s Riley Popplewell led all scorers with 23 points and also recorded a double-double with 13 rebounds.


Inside the Box Score:

  • Western Carolina was 12-of-17 from the free throw line hitting making eight trips, and hitting six, in the overtime period. Meanwhile, USC Upstate went to the free throw line just once and was 0-for-1.
  • After losing the first two periods, against USC Upstate, Western Carolina outscored the Spartans in the ensuing final two periods and in overtime play.
  • USC Upstate scored 30 of its 64 points inside the paint.
  • The lead changed 14 times and was tied six.
  • Western Carolina drained 12 three-pointers in the game.
  • The Catamounts shot 34.9 percent from the field and USC Upstate shot 36.4 percent. 
  • Western Carolina ripped down a season-high 50 rebounds.
  • Western Carolina converted USC Upstate’s 16 turnovers in the game to 18 points.

News & Notes:

  • Western Carolina’s victory over USC Upstate halts a six-game losing streak.
  • The Catamounts 12 three-pointers in the game against the Spartans is not only a season-high but ties for second in the WCU record books for three-pointers made in a game. WCU just missed tying the record of 13 set against FIU on Dec. 20, 2014.
  • Western Carolina had three players score in double figures for the second time this season with three against USC Upstate. WCU’s first three-some to score in double figures, this season, was at New Jersey Institute of Technology.
  • Western Carolina played its first overtime game of the season against USC Upstate. This was the second-straight time the Catamounts and the Spartans have played an overtime in Cullowhee as WCU also defeated USC Upstate 63-59 in overtime in 2014.
  • Smalls has now scored in double figures four times this season – which leads the team.
  • All but one Catamount got in the scoring column in the win over USC Upstate.
  • Western Carolina has hit 23 three-pointers in the last two games – knocking down 11 against North Carolina A&T on Nov. 29.



Western Carolina will have two weeks off before returning to action Dec. 18 at the University of Kentucky. 

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