Score: Samford 51 - Western Carolina 50
Records: Western Carolina 7-19, 2-9 SoCon; Samford 10-16, 2-9 SoCon
Location: Pete Hanna Center - Birmingham, Ala.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Western Carolina women's basketball dropped a heartbreaker, 51-50, Saturday to Samford in the Pete Hanna Center in its final Southern Conference road game of the season.
With the final seconds ticking down, freshman guard Tess Harris drained her fourth three-pointer of the game to pull the Catamounts within one, 51-50, with four seconds left in the game. The Catamounts were forced to foul to set up a final shot with two seconds left. Samford's Kassidy Blevins missed both free throws, but with only two seconds left in the game, WCU could not get a shot off as time expired.
Trailing by four, 49-45, junior guard Kyia Hough cut it to two points, 49-47, with 39 seconds remaining. Hough was also fouled on the play but failed to connect on the old-fashioned three-point play. With 22.3 seconds left, Samford's Stevens was fouled and drained both free throws to extend the Bulldog lead to four and just put the game out of reach for the Catamounts.
Junior forward Sherae Bonner posted her eighth double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Catamounts. Harris added 12 points.
Though the Catamounts cut the Bulldog lead to two twice in the fourth period, the Catamounts could never gain enough momentum to tie the game in the closing three minutes of the game. Western Carolina trailed 18-5 after the first period and was never able to climb out of the early deficit.
Samford outscored Western Carolina 18-5 in the first period, and hit seven three-pointers in the game, to keep the game just out of reach from the Western Carolina.
- Bonner scored a game-leading 15 points and also recorded a double-double with 10 rebounds.
- Harris tied her career-high draining four three-pointers in the game and scoring 12 points.
- JonTay Mitchem had seven points and three steals in the game.
- Hannah Nichols and Stevens each had 10 points for Samford.
Inside the Box Score
- Samford connected on seven three-pointers in the game while WCU had four.
- WCU edged Samford on the boards ripping down 34 rebounds to the Bulldogs' 31.
- Western Carolina got 24 points from its bench.
- Samford shot 40.9 percent from the field while WCU shot 36.8.
- The Catamounts struggled slightly at the free throw line hitting half their shots going 4-of-8 for 50 percent. Two of the four missed free throws would have possibly spelled a win for the Catamounts. - Western Carolina turned the ball over 13 times and Samford 14.
- Each team had three blocks;
News & Notes
- With the loss, Western Carolina has dropped seven straight games to Samford and failed to win a game on the road in Southern Conference play this season.
- With a block against Samford, Bonner now has 101 in her career and needs just two more to move into fourth place for blocks in a career usurping Sandra Julian who ended her career with 102.
- Western Carolina is 2-2 over the last four games.
- Harris has hit at least one three-pointer in the last five games.
Western Carolina returns home Thursday to begin a three-game homestand to close out the regular season. The Catamounts welcome ETSU at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Ramsey Center. The game can be seen on ESPN3 and heard on the Catamount Sports Network.
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