Score: Chattanooga 60 - Western Carolina 48
Records: Western Carolina 7-21, 2-11 SoCon, Chattanooga 16-10, 10-2 SoCon
Location: Ramsey Center - Cullowhee, N.C.
CULLOWHEE, N.C. -- Freshman forward Tess Harris scored a game-leading 17 points in Western Carolina women's basketball's 60-48 loss to Chattanooga Saturday in the Ramsey Center.
The Catamounts slow start in the first period, being outscored 18-9 by the Mocs, and Chattanooga shooting at a quicksilver pace of 50 percent erased a solid performance by WCU.
Western Carolina also lost the rebounding battle as Chattanooga pounded the boards for 35 rebounds to the Catamounts 21. Western Carolina also had only four offensive rebounds eliminating second-chance points for the Catamounts.
The second half fell more in the favor of Western Carolina as both teams combined for 29 points in the third and fourth periods. The Catamounts won the fourth period outscoring the Mocs 13-12.
Harris' 17 points, as stated above, was the most by any player on either team. WCU sophomore guard Raziyah Farrington was the only other Catamount in double figures with 10. Chattanooga had three players in double figures with, Jasmine Joyner, Chelsey Shumpert and Lakelyn Bouldin each scoring 11.
With Western Carolina trailing by just six, 31-25, with 6:38 left in the third period, Chattanooga went on a 12-2 run to build a 16 point, 43-27, lead -- it's largest of the game. Chattanooga led by double digits the rest of the game.
- Harris led all scorers with 17 points and connected on three three-pointers.
- Farrington had 10 points and also ripped down five rebounds.
- Joyner, Shumpert and Bouldin each had 11 for Chattanooga. Joyner also recorded a double-double with 12 rebounds.
- Sherae Bonner just missed scoring in double figures with eight points including draining a three-pointer - her second-straight game with a trey.
Inside the Box Score
- Chattanooga shot 50 percent from the field while Western Carolina shot 40.4 percent.
- Western Carolina led the game with six three-pointers, three of them from Harris.
- Chattanooga had 35 rebounds while Western Carolina had just 21 - only four on the offensive end.
- WCU went to the free throw line just eight times and hit four while Chattanooga was 7-of-10 from the charity stripe.
- Western Carolina had a season-low eight turnovers.
News & Notes
- Four the second-straight game, Western Carolina was outscored 18-9 in the first period by its opponents.
- Harris has hit at least one three-pointer in the last seven games and two or more in the last three games.
- With a block against Chattanooga, Bonner now has 103 career blocks taking over fourth place. She is now chasing former Catamounts Jeanne Marvel, and third place, who ended her career with 127 blocks.
- After going two games without scoring in double-figures, Farrington got back to her double-figure scoring ways with 10 points against the Mocs. She has now scored in double figures in five of her last eight games.
- After missing five games due to injury, junior forward Emily Hatfield saw three minutes against Chattanooga.
- With the loss to Chattanooga, Western Carolina has now lost 15-straight to the Mocs. WCU is also suffering through a four-game losing streak.
Western Carolina closes out the regular season on Saturday, Feb. 25, hosting UNCG in the Ramsey Center. The game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. and is part of a double-header with men's basketball who will host ETSU at 7 p.m. The game is also Goodwill Day. Fans who donate an item for Goodwill will be able to purchase a ticket to the doubleheader for just $5. Donation items include clothing, shoes, linens, handbags, belts, small appliances, lamps, books, computers, and electronics.
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