Jan. 21, 2017

Box Score

The Basics
Score: ETSU 76 - Western Carolina 57
Records: Western Carolina 5-16, 0-6 SoCon; ETSU 11-9, 3-2 SoCon
Location: Brooks Gym - Johnson City, Tenn.

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- Junior forward Sherae Bonner became only the 15th Western Carolina women's basketball player to eclipse 600 career rebounds in the Catamounts' 76-57 loss at ETSU Saturday in Brooks Gym. With eight rebounds in the game, Bonner now has 605 in her career.

In the game itself, Western Carolina suffered from a Sahara style drought in the second period. After WCU trailed the Buccaneers 21-16 in the first period, ETSU pushed its lead to 47-26 at the half. ETSU benefitted from outscoring WCU 26-10 in the second period.

Western Carolina opened the first period shooting 50 percent but ended the game at 33.3 percent from the field. Meanwhile ETSU shot at a scorching clip of 53.6 percent from the field and drained 10 three-pointers in the game.

Western Carolina had two double figure scorers in the game in Bonner and Raziyah Farrington who each had 12. ETSU was led by Shamauria Bridges who scored a game-leading 21 points.

Turning Point
With Western Carolina trailing by only five, 21-16, after the first period. ETSU turned on the jets and outscored the Catamounts 26-10 in period two -- a deficit too insurmountable to overcome.

Individual Leaders
- For the second straight game Bonner led WCU in scoring with 12 points. She was tied for the lead with teammate Raziyah Farrington who also poured in 12.
- Bonner just missed her eighth double-double of the season with eight rebounds.
- Julia Brown just missed scoring in double figures with nine points.
- Bridges led all scorers with 21 points.
- ETSU's Kelci Marosites scored a career-high 18 points tripling her scoring average for the season of 5.1 points per game.
- Kyia Hough was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.

Inside the Box Score
- Western Carolina outscored ETSU 16-13 in the third period.
- ETSU hit 10 three-pointers in the game.
- ETSU just edged Western Carolina in rebounds ripping down 37 to Western Carolina's 33.
- Struggling at the free throw line since entering SoCon play, Western Carolina had a solid day at the charity stripe connecting on 13-of-16.
- Each team had 19 turnovers in the game.

News & Notes
- With a three-pointer in the first period against ETSU, Lauren LaPlant has now hit a three-pointer in the opening period in the last three games.
- After having only two blocks over the last five games, Bonner had two blocks against ETSU. She now has 96 in her career and needs seven to move into fourth place in the WCU record books. Bonner has 34 for the season.
- The late field goal, with 4 plus minutes left in the fourth period, pushed Bonner into double figures in scoring keeping the seasonal streak alive as Western Carolina has had at least one double figure scorer in all 21 games this season. WCU ended up with two double figure scorers when Farrington hit a three-pointer in the last seconds of the game.
- With the loss, Western Carolina remains winless in Southern Conference play.
- Farrington's 12 points is the first double figure scoring performance in SoCon play this season.

Up Next
Western Carolina will take the next six days off from competing before ending its three-game road swing at UNCG at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28.

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