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Feb. 2, 2017

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The Basics
Score: Western Carolina 75 - Furman 72, OT
Records: Western Carolina 6-17, 1-7 SoCon, Furman 12-12, 5-3 SoCon
Location: Ramsey Center -- Cullowhee, N.C.

CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Junior guard Kyia Hough scored four of Western Carolina's final five points, in the game, to help Western Carolina women's basketball complete an upset of Furman, 75-72 in overtime, in the Ramsey Center Thursday.

After Tembre Moates hit 1-of-2 free throws to give WCU a 70-69 lead, with 1:59 left in overtime, it was Hough's field goal with 49.7 seconds left which extended the WCU lead to 72-69. Hough iced the game when she was 2-of-2 from the charity stripe as WCU clung to a 73-72 lead with 17.9 seconds left in OT.

Hough forced overtime when she was fouled attempting a three-pointer, with .03 seconds left in regulation. With WCU trailing 66-64, Hough had a chance to give the Catamounts the lead, with the three free throws. She hit the first, missed the second, and tied the game on the final free throw.

Sophomore guard Raziyah Farrington tied her career-high with 24 points as three Catamounts scored in double figures. Hough ended her dramatic night with a career-high 15 points while junior forward Julia Brown recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Turning Point
Tied at 69, with 2:36 left in overtime, Moates hit 1-of-2 free throws to give Western Carolina a 70-69 lead. Moate's free throw spurred a 6-3 run by the Catamounts, in the two minutes of the game, allowing WCU to secure the win. Hough iced the game when she drained a pair of free throws with 16 seconds left in OT to give WCU a 75-72 lead.

Individual Leaders
- Farrington tied her career-high coming off the bench to score 24 points, scoring 14 of those points in the first and second period.
- Hough scored a career-high 15 points.
- Brown notched her first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
- Moates had a career-high three blocks to go along with nine points and eight rebounds.
- Brown had a career-high four steals.
- Furman's Cierra Carter led all scorers with a career-high 27 points.

Inside the Box Score
- Western Carolina shot 45.8 percent from the field holding Furman to 34.3 percent.
- The Catamounts just edged Furman in the rebounding column ripping down 44 to the Paladins' 41.
- The Catamounts scored 20 points off 11 Furman turnovers.
- WCU was 15-of-25 from the free throw line for 60 percent but was 3-of-4 in the final two minutes of overtime to first give the Catamounts the lead and then secure the win.
- The Catamounts connected on six three-pointers.

News & Notes
- Western Carolina's win over Furman is the Catamounts first Southern Conference victory of the season and halts a season-long seven-game losing streak.
- WCU is now 3-1 in overtime games having won the last three games that went into OT.
- The Catamounts just knocked off a Furman club that decimated SoCon leading Chattanooga 65-48 on Jan. 28.
- The Catamounts' win over Furman halts a three-game losing streak to the Paladins.
- The overtime game against Furman is the seventh time the two clubs have forced OT with WCU holding a record of 5-2 over the Paladins when playing an overtime game.
- The starting line-up for WCU against Furman boasted three freshmen getting starting nods - Lauren LaPlant, Moates and Nikki Johnson. It is the first time this season three Catamount freshmen were in the starting line-up.
- Four of Western Carolina's six wins this season have come at home with WCU holding a 4-5 home record.

Up Next
Western Carolina continues its two-game home stand hosting Wofford at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Ramsey Center. The game can be seen on ESPN3.

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