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The Basics

Score: Western Carolina 65, Winthrop 57

Records:  Western Carolina 3-9, Winthrop 4-7

Location: Winthrop Coliseum, Rock Hill, S.C.    

      

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Junior Tess Harris led all scorers with 23 points to help pace Western Carolina women’s basketball to a 65-57 road win at Winthrop Friday at the Winthrop Coliseum.  

With junior Farasia Hodge’s 1-of-2 free throws, to start the fourth period, Western Carolina took its final lead of the game 45-44, and never trailed the remainder of the contest.

The Catamounts shot 44.9 percent from the field and hit nine three-pointers in the game including outscoring the Eagles 21 to 13 in the fourth period. Along with Harris’ 23 points, fellow junior Judith Martin Ruiz added 13 points and nine assists.

Turning Point

Tied at 44, at the end of the third period, Western Carolina outscored Winthrop 21-13 in the fourth period including an 8-0 run to start the final period.

 

Individual Leaders

  • Harris had 17 points at the half ending the game with 23 points – just four points shy of tying her career-high of 27. She hit five of Western Carolina’s nine three-pointers in the game.
  • Martin Ruiz scored a season-high 13 points, her second-straight double-figure scoring performance, including adding a career-high nine assists. She just missed a double-double.
  • Hodge got her second-straight start and just missed scoring in double figures with eight points.
  • Anika Riley led Winthrop with 16 points.

 

Inside the Box Score

  • Western Carolina outscored Winthrop in the final three periods.
  • The Catamounts hit nine three-pointers in the game.
  • Western Carolina tied its season-high shooting 44.9 percent from the field – tying the mark the Catamounts hit against Tennessee Tech on Nov. 19.
  • The Catamounts struggled a bit from the free throw line earning 22 trips and hitting 12.
  • Western Carolina ripped down 36 rebounds, 29 on the defensive side, to Winthrop’s 32.
  • The score was tied five times and the lead changed four.

 

News & Notes

  • The win at Winthrop was Western Carolina’s first road win of the season.
  • Martin Ruiz’s nine assists ties for 10th in the WCU record books for assists in a game.
  • Western Carolina has now had at least one player score in double figures in 11 of 12 games this season.
  • Western Carolina has hit six or more three-pointers in five of the last six games including a season-high 12 in the overtime win against USC Upstate on Dec. 4.
  • The Catamounts have won five-straight against Winthrop including a 12-2 mark at the Eagles home court.
  • Western Carolina is 2-1 in the last three games with three players averaging in double figures: Harris (15.0), Martin Ruiz (10.7) and Angel Allen (10.0).
  • This is the second time in the last three years Western Carolina has won its final game before the holiday break under Head Coach Stephanie McCormick.
  • Western Carolina’s 12 free throws, against Winthrop, matches it’s a season-high.
  • With Harris’ 23 points, Western Carolina has now had a 20 or more point scorer in three games this season.

Upcoming

Western Carolina will break for the holidays and return to the friendly confines of the Ramsey Center Dec. 29 in a doubleheader with men’s basketball. The Catamount men will host Southern Conference rival Wofford at noon and women’s basketball will follow welcoming South CArolina State at 2:30 p.m. Both games can be seen on ESPN+.

For the latest information on Catamount women's basketball, follow @catamounts on Twitter or go to www.catamountsports.com.

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