Score: Western Carolina 69 - Wofford 66
Records: Western Carolina 7-17, 2-7 SoCon, Wofford 12-12, 2-7 SoCon
Location: Ramsey Center - Cullowhee, N.C.
CULLOWHEE, N.C. -- Western Carolina women's basketball went 4-of-4 from the free-throw line, in the final 29 seconds of the game, to propel the Catamounts to a 69-66 heart-stopping victory over Wofford Saturday in the Ramsey Center.
With Western Carolina trailing by one, 66-65, junior guard Kyia Hough was fouled and drained two free throws to give the Catamounts a 67-66 lead with 29 seconds left.
A big-time steal by junior guard JonTay Mitchem, with nine seconds left, took the ball out of the Terriers hands and kept them away from the basket. Raziyah Farrington was fouled, with three seconds remaining, and calmly iced the game draining two free throws to push the Catamount lead to three, 69-66, and give them the eventual win.
Farrington and freshman Tess Harris paced four Catamounts in double figures with 16 points apiece. Hough tied her career-high with 15 points and
Down by one, 67-65, with 29 seconds left in the game, Western Carolina went 4-for-4 from the free throw line, to go on a 4-0 run, and ice Wofford for the win, 69-66.
- Farrington and Harris led Western Carolina with 16 points.
- Farrington was 6-of-8 from the free throw line.
- Hough tied her career-high with 15 points.
- Moates was the fourth Catamount to score in double figures with 10 points.
- Julia Brown just missed scoring in double figures with nine.
- Wofford's Chloe Wanink led the Terriers with 16 points.
Inside the Box Score
- After scoring only nine points in the first period, to trail 14-9, Western Carolina rallied in the second period scoring 20 points to lead Wofford 29-27 at the half.
- Wofford took its first lead of the second half when the Terriers took a 58-56 lead, with 4:45 left in the game. This began a back-and-forth affair in which the game was tied three times and the lead changed three times before WCU retook the lead on the second free throw by Hough with 29 seconds left in the game.
- Western Carolina shot a scorching 49 percent from the field holding Wofford to 35.7 percent from the field.
- Wofford doubled up Western Carolina on the boards ripping down 47 to Western Carolina's 27.
- Western Carolina drained five three-pointers in the game, three from Harris.
- Western Carolina got 34 of its 69 points from the bench.
- Western Carolina was 14-of-19 from the free throw line hitting all all in the third and fourth period. WCU was 9-of-11 from the free-throw line in the fourth period.
News & Notes
- With the win over Wofford, Western Carolina has won two in a row and is 2-0 in SoCon play in the second time around. It is the second time this season Western Carolina has won two straight.
- Harris' 16 points are the most points the freshman has scored since missing eight games due to injury.
- For the second straight game, Hough has been in the mix for the win for WCU. Against Furman, it was her field goal that extended the Catamount lead to 72-69 and then pushed the lead to 75-72 in the overtime win over the Paladins. She was back at it, again, against Wofford nailing two free throws to tie the game and give WCU the lead, 67-66, with 29 seconds remaining.
- After failing to score 60 or more points in the first seven games of Southern Conference play, Western Carolina has scored 60 or more points in back-to-back games with 75 against Furman and 69 in the win over Wofford.
- Both of Western Carolina's back-to-back wins have been by three points.
- After struggling in the second period in the first seven games in Southern Conference play, Western Carolina has flipped the court in the second time around in conference play. In the first seven games of SoCon play, WCU was being outscored 143-80. In the last two games, WCU is outscoring opponents 35-25.
- In the last two games, Farrington is averaging 20 points per game and shooting 57.1 percent from the field.
- The seven wins this season ties a number of wins the Catamounts posted in the 2015-16 season.
Western Carolina heads out on its final Southern Conference road swing next week playing at Mercer on Thursday, Feb. 9 and Samford on Saturday, Feb. 11.
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