The Basics

Score: Gardner-Webb 88, Western Carolina 62

Records: Western Carolina 1-8; Gardner-Webb 3-1

Location: Paul Porter Arena, Boiling Springs, N.C.


BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – Sophomore guard Jewel Smalls turned in another career performance with 32 points and 12 rebounds, her seventh double-double of the season, as Western Carolina women’s basketball dropped an 88-62 decision at Gardner-Webb Wednesday in Paul Porter Arena. 

Redshirt junior Lauren LaPlant also got into the scoring action with a season-high 16 points. Smalls and LaPlant accounted for 48 of WCU’s 62 points in the game. 


Turning Point:

Scoring droughts of four-plus minutes in the first quarter and over five minutes in the second quarter along with 21 turnovers in the game spelled Western Carolina’s demise in the game against the Runnin’ Bulldogs. Those 21 Catamount miscues into 31 points for Gardner-Webb.  



Individual Leaders

  • Smalls drained a season-high and a career-high-tying 32 points in the game to lead the game. She also ripped down 12 rebounds and dished out five assists. 
  • LaPlant’s 16 points tied her career marking the most points she scored since that same mark on Jan. 24, 2018. 
  • Gardner-Webb’s Savannah Plentovich’s 19 led a Runnin’ Bulldog squad that saw four players score in double figures. 


Inside the Box Score

  • Gardner-Webb ended the game shooting 47.7 percent from the field and holding Western Carolina to 35.7 percent. 
  • The Runnin’ Bulldogs were sent to the free-throw line 19 times getting 15 points out of those trips. 
  • Both teams connected on 11 three-pointers in the game. With WCU attempting 28 and GWU trying 29 times.
  • Western Carolina won the rebounding battle ripping down 39 to Gardner-Webb’s 35.
  • The first and second quarters continue to be problems for Western Carolina as the team had 10 points in the first quarter and 14 in the second. Meanwhile, Gardner-Webb poured in 22 in the first and 18 in the second. 
  • Gardner-Webb got 38 points from its bench while WCU got 11. 


News & Notes

  • Smalls’ 32 points are the most by the Roswell, Ga. native in a 40-minute contest. She also had 32 points against ETSU on Feb. 2, 2019, but that was in an overtime game. 
  • The 32 points by Smalls ranks tied for 17th for most points in a game.
  • Smalls also hit her new career-high of six three-pointers. She hit five three-pointers in the previous game against Coastal Carolina on Nov. 24 just three days earlier. Those six three-pointers tie her for fourth place in the Catamount record books for most three-pointers in a game. 
  • In the double-double column, Smalls racked up her seventh double-double of the season – the most double-doubles in November by a Catamount women’s basketball player in the modern era. 
  • The 32 points by Smalls is the fourth time in her career she has scored 20 or more points in a game and the second time she has scored 30 or more. 
  • Western Carolina’s 11 three-pointers in the game against Gardner-Webb tied for fifth place in the WCU record books for most three-pointers in a game. The record is 13 set 2014 against FIU. 
  • LaPlant’s 16 points are the most by the redshirt junior this season. She hit four three-pointers in the game-tying her career-high. 
  • Western Carolina’s 62 points in the game are the first time the Catamounts have scored 60 or more points since Nov. 12 when the club scored 62 against USC Upstate. WCU has scored 60 or more points in a game three times this season with a record of 1-2.



Up Next

Western Carolina will take a much-needed break for the Thanksgiving holiday before returning to the hardwood Dec. 4 hosting Charleston Southern at 7 p.m. The game against the Buccaneers tips off four-straight home games for the Catamounts spanning Dec. 4 through Dec. 21. 


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