Score: Western Carolina 84 - UNCG 80
Records: Western Carolina 7-21, 3-11 SoCon, UNCG 8-21, 0-14 SoCon
Location: Fleming Gymnasium -- Greensboro, N.C.
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Freshman guard Raziyah Farrington scored a career-high 24 points as Western Carolina women's basketball escaped with an 84-80 victory at UNCG Saturday in Fleming Gymnasium.
Farrington was one of three Catamount players to post career-highs in the win over the Spartans. Senior forward Lindsey Burleson poured in a career-best 14 points and sophomore guard Kyia Hough added a career-high 12.
In the final 31 seconds, Western Carolina was 6-of-6 from the free throw line to keep a charging UNCG team at bay. The Catamounts held onto a tenuous 78-76 lead with 32 seconds left when Hough was fouled. She sank two free throws to push the Catamount lead back to four, 80-76.
With 19 seconds left, Spartan player Lucy Mason made things interesting banking a three-pointer and slicing Catamount lead to two, 82-80. Hough pushed her game total to a career high when she hit two free throws to ice the game.
Western Carolina led by nine, 76-67, with 4:38 remaining. The Catamounts had to batten down the hatches and weather a Spartan run when UNCG outscored WCU 9-2 in a three minute span. UNCG's Mason led all scorers with 26 points. Jade Scaife added 18 for the Spartans and India Timpton had 14.
Western Carolina will be the No. 7 seed in the 2016 Southern Conference Women's Basketball Championships and face No. 2 seed Chattanooga. The Catamounts and the Mocs will tip-off at 4 p.m. Thursday at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, N.C.
Western Carolina was 6-of-6 from the free throw line in the final 31 seconds to pull away from UNCG after leading by only two, 78-76. Hough sank the final two free throws, with 19 seconds left, to put WCU up by four, 84-80, and ice the game.
- Farrington scored a career-high 24 points.
- Burleson scored a career-high 14.
- Hough scored a career-high 12.
- Bonner pulled down 11 defensive rebounds.
- Hough had a career-high eight assists - tying her for 16th in the WCU record books for assists in a game.
Inside the Box Score
- Western Carolina shot a season-high 53.7 percent from the field.
- The Catamounts held UNCG to 32.2 percent from the field.
- Both teams ripped down 45 rebounds.
- In the strange stat of the day, both teams scored 42 points inside the paint.
- WCU got 47 points from the bench.
- WCU was 23-of-28 from the free throw line shooting 82.1 percent from the charity stripe.
News & Notes
- Western Carolina won its first road game of the season at UNCG Saturday. - The Catamounts halted a six-game losing slide with the win.
- Farrington hit a career-best 10 field goals.
- With three three-pointers against UNCG, WCU has hit at least one three-pointer in all 28 regular season games this season.
- With 11 rebounds against UNCG, Bonner had ripped down double figure rebounds in eight games this season.
- Bonner had two blocks in the game giving her 42 for the season ranking her seventh in the WCU record books. She needs two blocks to move to sixth.
Western Carolina begins play in the 2016 Southern Conference Championships held in Asheville, N.C. The Catamounts seed in the tournament will be revealed by Sunday at the latest.
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