Score: Western Carolina 58 - Charleston Southern 53, OT
Records: Western Carolina 5-10, Charleston Southern 6-5
Location: Ramsey Center - Cullowhee, N.C.
CULLOWHEE, N.C. -- Western Carolina women's basketball closed out non-conference play, and 2016, with a 58-53 overtime win over Charleston Southern Friday in the Ramsey Center.
Tied at 50 at the end of regulation, Western Carolina quickly took the lead off a field goal by junior guard Kyia Hough. The Catamounts never trailed in overtime hitting a pair of field goals and going 4-of-9 from the free throw line.
The Catamounts were down by two with 2:47 left in regulation but Hough nailed a jumper to tie it at 48 with 1:26 remaining. WCU did go up by two, 50-48, off a lay-up by Sherae Bonner but Charleston Southern knotted it at 50, off a bucket by Ke'asia Jackson, with 15 seconds left to force overtime.
Western Carolina shot the ball at a nice clip going 48.8 percent from the field and also drained six three-pointers. The Catamounts weathered 32 turnovers equating to 27 Buccaneer points.
The Catamounts were led by sophomore guard Raziyah Farrington who paced the Catamounts with 17 points. Bonner notched her sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Charleston Southern was led by Jackson's game-leading 29 points.
Tied at 50, heading to overtime, Western Carolina outscored Charleston Southern 8-3 in the overtime period. In the final two minutes, with the game tied at 53, Bonner accounted for four of the Catamounts final five points of the game for WCU.
- Farrington led the Catamounts with 17 points including draining a career-high four three pointers. - Bonner notched her sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
- Hough had 11 points.
- Farrington was 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
- Jackson, for Charleston Southern, scored a game-high 29 points and was 7-of-8 from the free throw line.
Inside the Box Score
- Western Carolina committed a season-high 32 turnovers against Charleston Southern.
- The Catamounts ripped down 38 rebounds, 32 on the defensive end.
- The 48.8 percent shot by Western Carolina against the Buccaneers is the second highest shooting percentage for WCU this season.
- Charleston Southern shot 32.3 percent from the field.
- Western Carolina hit six three pointers in the game and held Charleston Southern to one.
News & Notes
- With the 17 points against Charleston Southern, Farrington has scored in double figures in four of the last five games.
- Bonner had three blocks in the game pushing her consecutive games with at least one block to 20 straight games, dating back to the 2015-16 season.
- JonTay Mitchem's six steals is a career-high.
- With the win over Charleston Southern, WCU has won two of its last three games to close out 2016.
- The win over the Buccaneers pushes Western Carolina's streak to 5-0 at home over Charleston Southern.
- Western Carolina is now 11-20 in games prior to the New Year.
- With the three blocks against Charleston Southern, Bonner now has 92 to in her career ranking her fifth. She needs 21 to move into fourth in the WCU record books.
- The overtime game against Charleston Southern is the third this season for Western Carolina. The Catamounts are 2-1 in overtime games this year.
- Bonner's 10 points pushes her consecutive games scoring in double figures to three straight.
Western Carolina opens Southern Conference play Thursday Jan. 5 traveling to Wofford for a 6 p.m. tip-off.
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