Feb. 16, 2017

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The Basics
Score: ETSU 72 - Western Carolina 55
Records: Western Carolina 7-20, 2-10 SoCon, ETSU 15-11, 7-4 SoCon
Location: Ramsey Center - Cullowhee, N.C.

CULLOWHEE, N.C. -- Western Carolina women's basketball fell to ETSU 72-55 Thursday in the Ramsey Center.

Four ETSU players scored in double figures, paced by Raven Dean and Shamauria Bridges' 18 points each. The Buccaneers pounded the glass for 40 rebounds and was 15-of-19 from the free throw line to take command of the game.

ETSU set the tone outscoring Western Carolina 18-9 in the first period and outscored the Catamounts 32-24 in the ensuing second and third period. Western Carolina had a solid showing in the fourth period as the Catamounts and ETSU each scored 22 points.

Western Carolina had one player in double figures with junior forward Julia Brown posting 10 points. The Buccaneers other double-figure scorers included Tianna Tarter's 13 points and Carley Lytton's 12.

Turning Point
ETSU set the tone of the game outscoring Western Carolina 18-9 in the first period and held the Catamounts scoreless for the first five minutes of the second period. WCU could never catch up.

Individual Leaders
- Brown led WCU with 10 points.
- ETSU's Dean and Bridges each had 18 points.
- Western Carolina's Sherae Bonner had nine points including nailing a three-pointer at the buzzer to close out the second period.
- Tess Harris sank two of Western Carolina's four three-pointers and ended the game with eight points.

Inside the Box Score
- ETSU commanded the boards pounding the glass for 40 rebounds including 28 on the defensive end. Western Carolina had 25 rebounds with just six on the offensive end.
- Western Carolina had 17 turnovers while ETSU had 16. - ETSU scored 21 of its 72 points at the free throw line going 21-of-31.
- WCU went to the line 19 times and hit 15 free throws.
- Western Carolina shot 36 percent from the field while ETSU shot 46 percent.
- The Catamounts had a positive fourth period scoring 22 points almost doubling their scoring output of the second and third period (12 points each) combined.

News & Notes
- With Western Carolina's loss, the Catamounts have lost three straight and are now 5-6 at home this season.
- Harris has hit at least one three-pointer in the last six games.
- With a block against ETSU, Bonner now has 102 career blocks moving into a tie for fourth place in the Western Carolina record books.
- With Brown's 10 points against the Buccaneers, she has now scored in double figures twice this season.
- Junior guard Kyia Hough was 3-of-3 from the free throw line against ETSU and is 15-of-19 from the charity stripe over the last five games -- all starts for Hough.

Up Next
Western Carolina continues a three-game home stand on Saturday hosting Southern Conference leading Chattanooga at 2 p.m. in the Ramsey Center. The Mocs are coming off a shocking 75-72 overtime loss at UNCG on Thursday. Both WCU and Chattanooga will be looking to get back into the win column on Saturday. The game is also the Catamounts' annual Play4Kay game. Fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in honor of former North Carolina State legendary head coach Kay Yow.

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