Score: Western Carolina 64, UVA-Wise 55
Records: Western Carolina 1-0; UVA-Wise 0-0
Location: Ramsey Center, Cullowhee, N.C.
CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Western Carolina women’s basketball had four players score in double figures, and Head Coach Kiley Hill got his first victory at the helm of the program, as the Catamounts defeated UVA-Wise 64-55 Tuesday in the Ramsey Center.
With the score tied at 49 with six minutes left in the contest, sophomore Jewel Smalls hit a pair of free throws to retake the lead. Her points at the charity stripe spurred and 8-0 run by the Catamounts catapulting WCU to a 15-6 run to close out the game.
- Smalls notched a double-double with 13 points and team-high 15 rebounds.
- Senior Judith Martin Ruiz led all scorers with 18 points going 6-of-18 from the field and was perfect at the free-throw line 4-for-4.
- Jada Miller and Tembre Moates closed out the double-figure scoring for the Catamounts with 10 points a-piece.
- UVA-Wise’s Kalee Johnson led the Cavaliers with 14 points.
Inside the Box Score
- Western shot 42.1 percent from the field and hit seven three-pointers in the game.
- The Catamounts ripped down 41 rebounds to UVA-Wise’s 38.
- Western Carolina had 10 steals in the game with Andrea Martin Ruiz and Smalls leading the club with three each.
- UVA-Wise was held to 35.9 percent from the field and went to the free-throw line just seven times hitting three.
News & Notes
- Smalls’ 15 rebounds against UVA-Wise is a career-high for the sophomore.
- Martin Ruiz’s 18 points are two shy of her career-high 20 she scored against UNCG last season.
- With Hill’s win at the helm of Western Carolina women’s basketball, he recorded his 295 career win. Hill is five wins away from hitting 300 career victories.
- The Catamounts win to open the 2019-20 campaign halts an 11-game losing streak dating back to the 2018-19 season.
- As a program, Western Carolina is now 5-9 in the opening game for a new coach.
- The Catamounts are now 29-26 in games to open a new season.
- The 64 points Western Carolina scored, in the victory over the Cavaliers, is the most points scored by WCU as a program since posting 80 points in the overtime loss to ETSU on Feb. 2, 2019.
Western Carolina plays its first road contest of the season traveling to Chapel Hill, N.C, to face North Carolina at 6 p.m. Thursday in Carmichael Arena. The game will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra and can be heart on Tunein.
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