Score: Clemson 78 - Western Carolina 63
Records: Western Carolina 0-1, Clemson 2-0
Location: Littlejohn Coliseum -- Clemson, S.C.
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Western Carolina women's basketball opened the 2016-17 season with a hard-fought 78-63 loss to ACC member Clemson Sunday at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Junior forward Sherae Bonner shined in the game against the Tigers pouring in a new career-high of 23 points. She added 19 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. The 23 points also led all scorers in the game.
The Catamounts battled throughout the game with Clemson. The team even scored the first five points of the game, but couldn't overcome a two plus minute drought in the middle of the third period which allowed Clemson to reclaim the lead and eventual victory.
With Western Carolina leading 40-39, at 7:57 left in the third period, Clemson went on a 7-0 run to build a 47-40 lead and Western Carolina could never catch up.
- Bonner recorded a double-double with 23 points and 19 rebounds.
- Junior guard JonTay Mitchem just missed scoring in double figures with nine points.
- Raziyah Farrington and Kyia Hough each came off the bench and scored nine and eight points respectively.
- Alexis Carter led Clemson with 20 points.
Inside the Box Score
- Clemson rode the three-pointer draining seven in the game. Western Carolina connected on two.
- Western Carolina had a strong performance on the glass ripping down 42 rebounds, 25 on the defensive side. The Catamounts outpaced the Tigers who had 36 boards in the game.
- Clemson shot 44.4 percent from the field in the game.
- Clemson closed out the game outscoring Western Carolina 21-13 in the fourth period. The Tigers won three of the four periods with the two teams each scoring 20 points in the second period.
News & Notes
- Bonner's 19 rebounds is seven shy of tying her career-high of 26 which she set in her freshman campaign. The 26 rebound mark is also the WCU school record for rebounds in a game.
- Freshman guard Lauren LaPlant was the first of Western Carolina's six freshman to earn a start getting the nod at Clemson.
- Hough got six of her eight points from the free throw line going a perfect 6-for-6.
- Bonner also took advantage of the charity stripe going 5-for-5.
Western Carolina returns home Wednesday to host a doubleheader with Catamount men's basketball. The Catamount women's basketball team will host UT Martin at 5 p.m. while men's basketball will entertain North Carolina Central in the nightcap at 7:30 p.m.
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