Score: EKU 62, Western Carolina 59
Records: Western Carolina 1-2, EKU 1-1
Location: Ramsey Center - Cullowhee, N.C.
CULLOWHEE, N.C. -- Western Carolina women's basketball dropped a hard-fought and frantic game to Eastern Kentucky 62-59 Wednesday in a noon contest that was part of the annual Education Day game in the Ramsey Center.
The Catamounts, down by as much as 14 points with 3:19 left in the third period and 10 (45-35) at the end of the third kept chipping away in the fourth period until the Colonels were staring down at a chance to see the game slip away or the very least head to overtime. Western Carolina outscored EKU 24-17 in the fourth period and sliced the Colonel lead to just one, 60-59, with nine seconds left in the game.
Bria Bass drained two free throws for EKU to push the lead back to three, 62-59. Western Carolina had a shot to tie it with a three-pointer but Angel Allen's three-point attempt was blocked to end the game.
With EKU clinging to a four-point, 31-27, lead with 6:29 left in the third period, the Colonels went on a 10-0 run to balloon their lead to 41-27 as the Catamounts slipped into a scoring drought of over four minutes.
- Sophomore guard Lauren LaPlant had a big game-tying her career-high with 12 points.
- Senior Kyia Hough tied LaPlant's point total with 12 points of her own.
- Abby Wright led EKU and all scorers with 18 points.
- Redshirt freshman Erykah Russell scored the first points of her Catamount career and just missed collecting a double-double in her first serious playing time of her career. Russell had eight points and ripped down nine rebounds.
Inside the Box Score
- Western Carolina was held to 36.2 percent shooting from the field and also hit just three-pointers. EKU shot 40.7 percent from the field and hit that all-important one extra three-pointer which was the point differential in the game.
- Both teams struggled a bit from the free throw line. Western Carolina was 14-of-19 from the charity stripe while EKU was 14-of-23.
- The Colonels just edged WCU in rebounds pulling down 37 to WCU's 35.
- WCU had a jolt from its bench as players coming off the bench scored 22 of WCU's 59 points.
News & Notes
- Thirteen of Western Carolina's 15 players saw action in the game with all but four getting in the scoring column.
- Despite playing just 13 minutes, senior Sherae Bonner had three blocks in the game pushing her career total to 110. She needs 18 blocks to take over third place in the WCU record books.
- The game against EKU completes a stretch of three games over the course of five days. WCU will have a five-day break before the team travels to Athens, Ga. to take on SEC foe Georgia.
- After playing three games in five days, Western Carolina will now play three games on the road in a 14-day span facing Georgia on Nov. 21, UT Martin on Nov. 26 and reigning NCAA National Champion South Carolina on Nov. 30.
- Hough has 107 career steals and is just two steals away from moving into 20th place in the WCU record books. - LaPlant's career-tying 12 points against EKU matches the points scored last season against Florida State.
- The sponsor Western Carolina's annual Education Day game was United Community Bank.
Western Carolina will take a five-day break before traveling to the University of Georgia for a mid-week game with the Bulldogs at 7 p.m. Nov. 21. The game will be broadcast online on catamountsports.com as well as SEC Network+.
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