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The Basics

Score: South Carolina State 54, Western Carolina 39

Records:  Western Carolina 3-10, South Carolina State 7-7

Location: Ramsey Center, Cullowhee, N.C.          

CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Western Carolina women’s basketball closed out 2018 with a 54-39 loss to South Carolina State Saturday in the Ramsey Center.

The Catamounts were held to only 14 points in the final 20 minutes of the game including just six points in the fourth period.

Turning Point

After trailing by just three points, 28-25, at the half, Western Carolina scored a total of 14 points in the second half, including being held scoreless in the first four minutes of the fourth period.

 

Individual Leaders

  • Junior Judith Martin Ruiz led the Catamounts with 14 points.
  • Senior Angel Allen ripped down eight rebounds in the game including seven on the defensive end.
  • South Carolina State’s Taylor Brown led all scorers with 21 points.

 

Inside the Box Score

  • Western Carolina shot 28.8 percent from the field and was just 1-of-13 from the three-point line. South Carolina State shot 38.6 percent.
  • South Carolina State won the rebounding advantage 45 to 38.
  • The Bulldogs turned the Catamounts 16 turnovers into 15 points.
  • South Carolina State pulled away from WCU for good thanks to a 12-0 scoring run in the fourth period.
  • All seven of Western Carolina’s players who saw action on the court got in the scoring column.
  • South Carolina State had 10 blocks in the game.

 

News & Notes

  • Martin Ruiz’s 14 points was a season-high and five points shy of tying her career-high of 19 points. She has now also scored in double figures in three-straight games.
  • In the last three games, in which she has scored in double figures in each, Martin Ruiz is averaging 12.7 points per game.
  • For the second straight game, Western Carolina played with just seven players.
  • With her 14 points against South Carolina State, Martin Ruiz is now tied with freshman Jewel Smalls for the most double-figure scoring performances this season with four.
  • Senior Kennedy Rushin tied her career-high with six points against the Bulldogs.
  • Western Carolina’s 39 points scored against South Carolina State ties for the second least amount of points the Catamounts have scored this season as they also scored 39 in the loss to Kentucky. The team’s season-low was 37 against Campbell earlier in the season.
  • The Catamounts closed out the month of December with a 2-2 record, including the team’s first road win of the season at Winthrop. In those four games, WCU has two players averaging in double figures led by Martin Ruiz’s 11.5 points per game and 11 by fellow junior Tess Harris.

Upcoming

Western Carolina opens 2019 hosting Gardner-Webb at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Ramsey Center.  

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