Score: Furman 73 - Western Carolina 44
Records: Western Carolina 5-12, 0-2 SoCon; Furman 8-9, 2-0 SoCon
Location: Timmons Arena - Greenville, S.C.
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Western Carolina women's basketball ended its two-game Southern Conference road swing with a 73-44 loss at Furman Saturday in Timmons Arena.
Western Carolina had an early lead to start the game, but after Le'Jzae Davidson hit a three pointer to give Furman its first lead, 18-16, with 1:17 left in the first, the Paladins never trailed again. The trey by Davidson helped Furman reel off seven straight points, from the end of the first and start of the second, and the Catamounts could never recover. Furman also benefited from outscoring WCU 26-10 in the third period.
Western Carolina scored just 17 points, 10 in the third and seven in the fourth, in the second half. The Catamounts didn't score in the final three minutes of the game.
Emily Hatfield led Western Carolina with 10 points. Furman was paced by three in double figures with Whitney Bunn leading the way with 21 -- 17 of those in the second half.
Trailing by just five, 32-27, at the half, Western Carolina's offensive struggles in the third period allowed Furman to outscore the Catamounts 26-10 in the third period to build a lead WCU could not overcome.
- Hatfield's 10 points was her second straight game she has scored in double figures. She also pulled down five rebounds.
- Furman's Bunn led all scorers with 21.
- JonTay Mitchem was three shy of double figures with seven points.
Inside the Box Score
- Western Carolina scored just 17 points in the third and fourth period combined.
- The Catamounts shot just 30.4 percent from the field while Furman shot at a clip of 46 percent.
- Furman ripped down 45 rebounds - 29 on the defensive end.
- Western Carolina did not have a block in the game.
- Furman scored 30 of its points in the paint.
News & Notes
- The win by Furman is the Paladin's fourth straight.
- Western Carolina is suffering from a two-game losing streak and it's the 17th time the Catamounts have opened SoCon play 0-2.
- The loss to Furman is the fifth time this season the Catamounts have lost by 20 or more points.
- All 10 Catamounts who played in the game scored for WCU.
- Sherae Bonner had her consecutive games scoring in double figures snapped at four. She did hit her fourth three-pointer of the season, and of her career, against the Paladins.
Western Carolina hosts Samford, on Thursday Jan. 12, in the Catamounts Southern Conference home opener. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. in the Ramsey Center. The game can be seen on ESPN3. The contest will be the Catamounts' "We Back Pat" game honoring former Tennessee Lady Vol Basketball coaching legend Pat Summitt who lost her battle with Alzheimer's last year.
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