Nov. 26, 2017

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The Basics
Score: UT Martin 62, Western Carolina 54
Records: Western Carolina 1-4, UT Martin 2-3
Location: Elam Center - Martin, Tenn.

MARTIN, Tenn. -- Western Carolina women's basketball dropped a hard-fought contest to UT Martin 62-54 Sunday at the Elam Center.

Leading at the half, 28-21, Western Carolina was outscored 41-26 in the final two periods by UT Martin. In the final three minutes of the game, UT Martin went on a 12-3 run to close out the game.

The Catamounts also had to weather through 32 turnovers in the game.

Western Carolina had two players in double figures with Lauren LaPlant leading the way with 12 and Tembre Moates following with 11.

Turning Point
With Western Carolina leading 51-50, UT Martin's Kendall Spray knocked down a three-pointer to give the Skyhawks a two-point, 53-51 lead with 2:58 left in the game. UT Martin would never trail again.

Individual Leaders
- LaPlant led WCU with 12 points and hit two of Western Carolinas three treys in the game.
- Sherae Bonner had double-figure rebounds for the second time this season ending the game with 11.
- Moates added 11 for WCU. - Emanye Robertson led UT Martin with 18 points.

Inside the Box Score
- Western Carolina had a season-high 32 turnovers which UT Martin turned into 25 points.
- The Catamounts outshot UT Martin hitting 38 percent from the field to their 30 but three more field goals, including two more three-pointers then WCU, was the difference in the game.
- WCU won the rebounding battle 47 to 41.
- Western Carolina was outscored 25 to 12 in the fourth period.

News & Notes
- Junior transfer Judith Martin Ruiz got the start for the first time in her short Catamount career.
- Western Carolina had a different starting five for the first time this season as Lauren LaPlant, Nikki Johnson, Martin Ruiz, Tembre Moates and Emily Hatfield all got their first starts of the season.
- LaPlant led in scoring for the second time this season.
- Bonner's 11 rebounds give her 697 in her career keeping her in 11th place in the WCU record books. She now needs 16 rebounds to move into 10th place.
- The Catamounts have now led at the half in four of the first five games of the season but could only hold the lead once in the win over UNC Asheville.

Up Next
Western Carolina will travel to Columbia, S.C. to close out its three-game road swing and face No. 3  and defending NCAA National Champion, South Carolina at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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