Score: Chattanooga 67 - Western Carolina 46
Records: Western Carolina 5-15, 0-5 SoCon; Chattanooga 10-8, 4-0 SoCon
Location: McKenzie Arena - Chattanooga, Tenn.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Junior forward Sherae Bonner led all scorers with 15 points as Western Carolina women's basketball fell to Chattanooga 67-46 in McKenzie Arena Thursday.
The Catamounts enjoyed an early 11-9 lead late in the first period. However, a 13-0 run by the Lady Mocs, from the end of the first and the opening three minutes of the second, gave Chattanooga a double-digit, 22-11 lead, that Western Carolina could never recover from.
Chattanooga outscored Western Carolina 24 to 9 in the second period to build a 19 point, 39-20 lead, at the half. Western Carolina did buckle down a bit defensively in the second half, and got a little offense going, as WCU was outscored by just 28-26 in the third and fourth period.
Western Carolina's Bonner led all scorers with 15 points. The Lady Mocs' Queen Alford paced Chattanooga with 12 -- she was one of four Chattanooga players who scored in double figures along with Lakelyn Bouldin (11), Aryanna Gilbert (10) and Keiana Gilbert (10).
Chattanooga scored 13 unanswered points, from 1:55 left in the first period until 6:19 in the second, to come from being down 11-9 to build a double digit 22-11 lead. The Lady Mocs would never trail again in the game.
- Bonner led all scorers with 15 points.
- Alford paced Chattanooga with 12 points.
- The Mocs Jasmine Joyner ripped down 11 rebounds in the game.
Inside the Box Score
- Chattanooga scored 24 points in the second period as part of 13 unanswered points that went from the end of the first period to the start of the second.
- After Chattanooga scored 39 points over the course of the first two period, Western Carolina held the Lady Mocs to 11 points in the third period and scored 10.
- Western Carolina struggled a bit from the free throw line hitting 9-of-15.
- Neither team scorched up the court from the field as Chattanooga shot 42.1 percent while WCU shot 34 percent.
- Chattanooga got 12 points off 14 Western Carolina turnovers.
News & Notes
- After missing eight games due to injury, and being held scoreless against Samford and Mercer, freshman Tess Harris scored her first points in 10 games when she hit a three-pointer in the second period against Chattanooga.
- Bonner was the only WCU player to score in double figures against Chattanooga. She kept the Catamount streak alive - as at least one WCU player has scored in double figures in all 20 games this season.
- For the third straight game Lauren LaPlant has hit a three-pointer for the Catamounts' first points in a contest.
- The 15 points by Bonner is the 11th time this season she has scored in double figures and the second time in the last three games.
- With five rebounds against Chattanooga, Bonner now has 597 in her career and needs just three to hit the 600 rebound mark making her just the 11th player in WCU women's basketball history to rip down 600 or more rebounds.
- With the loss, Western Carolina remains winless in Southern Conference play.
Western Carolina continues its three-game road swing traveling to ETSU on Saturday with tip time set for 2 p.m. The game can be seen on ESPN3 and heard on the Catamount Sports Network.
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