Score: UNCA 62 - Western Carolina 53
Records: Western Carolina 0-3, UNCA 2-1
Location: Kimmel Arena - Asheville, N.C.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Western Carolina dropped a road contest to in-state rival UNC Asheville 62-53 Friday in Kimmel Arena.
In a back-and-forth battle, it was a game that eventually swung in UNCA's favor on the back of five three-pointers and 15-of-20 from the free throw line.
The Catamounts cut the game to three points, with six minutes left in the fourth period, but the Bulldogs reeled off nine straight points to pull away for good. WCU went almost four minutes without scoring before Sherae Bonner broke the scoring drought with a lay-up at 2:13 left in the game.
Sophomore guard Raziyah Farrington, on the heels of her first start of the season, poured in 18 points for the Catamounts -- just six shy of her career-high of 24. Teammate JonTay Mitchem posted a career-high 13.
UNC Asheville parlayed a three-pointer, at the end of the first period, and 6-of-7 from the free throw line to a seven point, 19-12 lead, in the first half, and never trailed the remainder of the game against Western Carolina.
- Mitchem scored a career-high 13 points.
- Farrington led all scorers with 18 points.
- Bonner had 12 of Western Carolina's 42 rebounds in the game.
- Farrington was a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe.
Inside the Box Score
- Western Carolina scored just 21 points in the final two periods.
- Western Carolina's 14 turnovers in the game was a season-low. UNCA had only eight.
- Western Carolina had one lead in the game, 8-7, early in the first period.
News & Notes
- Bonner's 12 rebounds mark the second time, in the first three games of the season, she has ripped down double figure rebounds. Bonner had eight points in the game just missing her second double-double of the season.
- Western Carolina's 53 points marks the first time the Catamounts have scored less than 60 points this season.
- The Catamounts went with a new look in the starting line-up subbing out junior Julia Brown for Farrington - getting her first start of the season.
Western Carolina returns home Sunday to host North Greenville. Tip time is set for 2 p.m. in the Ramsey Center.
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