March 2, 2017

Box Score

The Basics

Score: Chattanooga 85 - Western Carolina 41
Records: Western Carolina 8-22; Chattanooga 19-10
Location: U.S. Cellular Center -- Asheville, N.C.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- No. 8 seed Western Carolina women's basketball ended its season with an 85-41 loss to No. 1 seed Chattanooga, in the first round of the Southern Conference Championships, Thursday in the U.S. Cellular Center.

It was all Mocs from the outset scoring a season-high 30 points in the first quarter. Leading 14-8 with a little under five minutes left in the opening frame, they closed the quarter with a 16-0 run for a 30-8 advantage.

WCU scored the first basket of the second quarter but was held to one field goal over almost seven minutes. UTC's 13-3 spurt over that span built the margin to 30, 43-13, on Chelsey Shumpert's layup.

Sherae Bonner's layup cut the margin to 28, but that's as close as it would get for the Catamounts. A layup from Shelbie Davenport 32 seconds later put the lead back at 30 before heading into halftime up 49-15.

Joyner led the game with 14 points and was joined in double figures by Davenport, with whom she shared game-high honors at 14, and Shumpert with 12. Bonner and Raziyah Farrington each tallied eight to pace the Catamounts.

Turning Point
Chattanooga outscored Western Carolina 30-8, in the first period, to set a quick pace the Catamounts could never catch up to.

Individual Leaders
- Bonner and Farrington each led WCU with eight points.
- Joyner led the game with 14 points along with teammate Davenport's 14.
- Tess Harris had seven points and hit the only Catamount three-pointer in the game. Inside the Box Score - Chattanooga hit 11 three-pointers in the game just three shy of tying the SoCon Tournament record.
- Western Carolina shot 31.1 percent from the field while the Mocs shot a scorching 52.6 percent.
- Western Carolina shot a combined 15 points, eight in the first and seven in the second, in the first two periods of the game. On the flip side, Chattanooga scored 49 points in the first 20 minutes of the contest.
- Chattanooga's 30 points in the first period was a season-high for the Mocs.
- Western Carolina had 15 turnovers parlaying into 23 Chattanooga points. - Western Carolina went to the free throw line just five times and hit two.

News & Notes
- For the second straight year, Chattanooga knocked out Western Carolina in the first round of the SoCon Championships.
- Harris ended the season with 37 three-pointers tying her for 22nd place in the WCU record books for three-pointers in a season.
- For just the second time in 30 games on the year, Western Carolina failed to have a double-figure scorer in the game.
- Bonner ends the season with 655 career rebounds and has some work to do in her senior season. She will eye the WCU rebounding record of 1,018 set by former Catamount Brenda Johnson.
- Bonner will also chase the blocks record. She currently has 103 in her career and needs 44 to break the record set by former Catamount Shauna Terry who ended her career with 143.
- Western Carolina will return its whole roster for the 2017-18 season as the Catamounts did not have a senior this season.

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