Nov. 21, 2017

Box Score

The Basics
Score: Georgia 76, Western Carolina 50
Records: Western Carolina 1-3, Georgia 4-0
Location: Stegeman Coliseum - Athens, Ga.

ATHENS, Ga. -- Western Carolina women's basketball dropped its first road contest of the season 76-50 to the University of Georgia Tuesday in Stegeman Coliseum.

The Catamounts led twice in the game both in the first period. Sherae Bonner hit a three-pointer to put WCU up 3-2 to open the game and Judith Martin Ruiz hit the first field goal of her Catamount career to give WCU a slim 16-15 lead.

Georgia would go on to pull away from WCU thanks to an 18-0 run that spanned from the waning seconds of the first period to 4:44 left in the second. The Bulldogs outscored WCU 24-7 in the second period to build a lead that was never threatened again.

The Catamounts did bounce back in the fourth period outscoring the Bulldogs 18-9.

Turning Point
With Western Carolina leading 16-15, Georgia went on an 18-0 run from 38 seconds left in the first period all the way to 4:44 left in the second period and outscored WCU 24-7 in the second period.

Individual Leaders
- Julia Brown led WCU with 10 points.
- Raziyah Farrington was just behind Brown with eight points.
- Georgia's Mackenzie Engram led the Bulldogs with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds.
- Erykah Russell had another good showing on the boards pulling down six rebounds.

Inside the Box Score
- Western Carolina was held to single-digit scoring in two of four periods: seven in the second period and nine in third.
- The Catamounts hit six three-pointers in the game equating for six of the 17 field goals the Catamounts hit. - The Catamounts finished strong outscoring Georgia 18-9 in the fourth period.
- Georgia shot 42.9 percent from the field and WCU shot 34.7.
- The Catamounts turned the ball over 22 times in the game allowing Georgia benefit with 29 points from the miscues.
- Georgia had a strong night on the boards ripping down 50 to the Catamounts 30.

News & Notes
- Martin Ruiz scored the first field goal of her Catamount career and ended the game with three points.
- Mariah Locklear saw the first action as a Catamount after redshirting the 2016-17 season.
- The 10 points by Brown was her first double scoring performance of the season.
- Bonner connected on a career-high two three-pointers in the game.
- The Catamounts 6-6 transfer Kennedy Rushin played four minutes against Georgia and recorded the first block of her Catamount career.
- Fourteen of Western Carolina's 15 players saw action in the game and 10 of the 14 got in the scoring column.
- Russell had a career-high three steals.
- Bonner pushed her career rebounding total to 686 and now needs 27 to move from 11th to 10th place in the WCU record books.
- The 50 points WCU scored against Georgia bested the point total the Catamounts scored against the Bulldogs in 2016 as WCU fell 78-43.
- Western Carolina was the third of four SoCon teams Georgia will face this season. The Bulldogs also defeated Wofford and Mercer and will meet Furman on Nov. 30.

Up Next
Western Carolina will take four days off from competition, and enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, before heading back out on the road to face UT Martin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26 in Martin, Tenn.

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