The Basics Score: Radford 67 -- Western Carolina 39 Records: Western Carolina 3-8, Radford 6-1 Location: Dedmon Center -- Radford, Va.
RADFORD, Va. -- Western Carolina women's basketball ended its three-game road swing with a 67-39 loss to Radford Thursday in the Dedmon Center. The game was part of the Highlanders' Education Day game.
The Catamounts couldn't overcome a slow start coupled with scoring just 15 first-half points, eight in the first period and seven in the second, and spotting the Highlanders 37 first-half points.
Western Carolina scored 15 points in the third period, equaling its point total from the first and second period combinded, but could only muster nine points in the fourth. WCU did have a better showing in the second-half being outscored by the Highlanders 30-24.
Sophomore guard Raziyah Farrington came off the bench to lead the Catamounts with 10 points.
Radford clocked in a 21-8 scoring output in the first period which was the building block for a lead they would never relinquish. Over the course of six plus minutes, spanning the first and second period, Western Carolina was held scoreless to allow the Highlanders to build a commanding 37-15 first-half lead.
- Farrington led the Catamounts with 10 points.
- Lauren LaPlant hit two of Western Carolina's three treys in the game.
- Sherae Bonner had seven points, seven rebounds and one block.
- Radford's Khiana Johnson led all scorers with 15 points.
Inside the Box Score
- Western Carolina scored as many points, 15, in the third period as it did in the first and second periods combined.
- Radford ripped down a commanding 50 rebounds in the game. WCU had its second-lowest rebounding output of the season with 28.
- The Highlanders shot a scorching 47.2 percent from the field.
- After coughing up the ball 12 times in the first half, Western Carolina had just six in the third and fourth period combined.
News & Notes
- Prior the game with Radford it was announced by Western Carolina University that Emily Hatfield won the NCAAHPERD-SM Female Student-Athlete Scholarship. She is a health and physical education major and aspires to teach and coach upon completing her degree.
- The loss for Western Carolina is its second straight and fourth out of the last five games. On the flip side, Radford has now won six straight.
- After hitting the first three-pointer of her career against Florida A&M, LaPlant just keeps hitting them. After connecting on a career-high four treys against Florida State, she had two against the Highlanders. LaPlant has now hit at least one three-pointer in her last three games.
- Farrington's pair of free throws at the end of the game bumped her from eight points in the contest to 10 assuring the streak of at least on Catamount player scoring in double figures in all 11 games to start the season.
- Farrington has scored in double figures in three of the last four games.
- After a career-high 12 points against Florida State, Hatfield got her second start of the season against Radford.
- Kyia Hough got her first start of the season against Radford.
- Every Catamount who saw action on the court scored for WCU in the game against the Highlanders. - With the loss to Radford, WCU is 0-3 against Big South Conference teams this season.
- The 37 points scored against Radford is a season-low for the Catamounts.
- With the seven rebounds, against Radford, Bonner now has 524 in her career tying her for 14th place in the WCU record books. She needs 11 to move into 13th place.
Western Carolina will take an 11-day break, for finals, before returning to action Monday Dec. 19 hosting Gardner-Webb at 5 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with Catamount men's basketball. The WCU men will host High Point at 7:30 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on WMYA-MY40.
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