Nov. 22, 2016

Box Score

The Basics
Score: Western Carolina 72 -- EKU 61
Records: Western Carolina 2-3, EKU 1-2
Location: McBrayer Arena - Richmond, Ky.

RICHMOND, KY. -- Junior forward Sherae Bonner notched her third double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds in Western Carolina women's basketball's 72-61 road win at Eastern Kentucky University Tuesday in McBrayer Arena.

The Catamounts overcame two double-digit deficits to battle back for the win.

Western Carolina took its second lead, since being up 9-8 early in the first period, when junior Kyia Hough drained a three-pointer with 1:48 left in the third period to give WCU a 48-46 lead. The Catamounts would never trail again.

Western Carolina had four players score in double figures with Bonner and sophomore guard Raziyah Farrington each scoring a game-leading 15. JonTay Mitchem added 12 and Angel Allen had 10.

Turning Point
Western Carolina held EKU to eight points in the third period and a total of 21 in the second half to climb out of a double-digit deficit for the win. In the third and fourth period combined, the Catamounts scored 43 points in the second half.

Individual Leaders
- Bonner and Farrington led all scorers with 15 points.
- Farrington was 3-for-3 from the three-point line - all in the fourth period.
- The 12 rebounds by Bonner also led the game and was part of 44 for the team.
- Allen's 10 points is her second straight game scoring in double digits. She had 10 against North Greenville. She also had four assists.
- Hough came off the bench to score nine points and her only three-pointer was the momentum sing of the game as it gave WCU its first lead in the second half, a lead the Catamounts would not relinquish for the remainder of the game.

Inside the Box Score
- Western Carolina shot 44.1 percent from the field for the game and a scorching 66.7 percent in the fourth period alone.
- The Catamounts hit five three-pointers in the game with two each in the third and fourth period. - Western Carolina had 14 assists in the game.
- The Catamounts were 15-of-21 from the free throw line. In contrast EKU was just 3-for-11.

News & Notes
- Tess Harris became the second Catamount freshman to earn a spot in the starting line-up. Fellow freshman Lauren LaPlant has also started for WCU this season. Harris made the most of her start with her first field goal being a three-pointer to give WCU an early 3-2 lead over EKU. She has also hit at least one three-pointer in the last four games.
- Western Carolina's victory over EKU was its first road win of the season and also its first victory over an NCAA Division I opponent. The win also gives WCU a two-game winning streak.
- With the 72 points against EKU, Western Carolina has scored 60 or more points in four of the first five games of the season.
- The victory over EKU halts an eight-game losing streak to the Colonels. The win is the first for WCU in 27 years - since 1989.
- With three blocks against EKU, Bonner has 13 for the season and 75 in her career ranking her sixth in the WCU record books. She needs eight blocks to move into fifth place.

Up Next
Western Carolina hops a plane and wings its way to the West Coast to compete in the Cal Classic hosted by Cal Berkley in an after Thanksgiving tournament. The Catamounts open the tournament facing Duquesne Friday at 6:15 p.m. EDT.

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