Nov. 30, 2017

Box Score  

The Basics
Score: No. 5 South Carolina 101, Western Carolina 43
Records: Western Carolina 1-5, Georgia, 7-1
Location: Colonial Life Arena - Columbia, S.C.

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Western Carolina women's basketball fell to No. 5 South Carolina 101-43 Thursday in Colonial Life Arena.

After Western Carolina took the early 2-0 lead to start the game, South Carolina closed out the first period outscoring the Catamounts 27-5 including a 17-0 run.

Western Carolina has a more productive third and fourth period. The Catamounts scored in double figures in the third and fourth period with 11 points in the third and 17 points in the fourth.

Julia Brown, Sherae Bonner, Lauren LaPlant and Nikki Johnson each had eight points in the game.

Turning Point
After Western Carolina took an early 2-0 lead thanks to an Emily Hatfield field goal, at the opening of the game, South Carolina proceeded to go on a 17-0 run closing out the first-period outscoring WCU 27-5.

Individual Leaders
- Tess Harris and Johnson each hit a pair of three-pointers in the game.
- Bonner led WCU with six rebounds.
- South Carolina's A'ja Wilson led all scorers with 29 points.

Inside the Box Score
- Western Carolina suffered through 23 turnovers in the game equates to 33 points for South Carolina.
- Western Carolina's six three-pointers in the game are the second-most an opponent has hit against South Carolina. Maryland hit seven against the Gamecocks on Nov. 13. Ironically, the only other team, besides Western Carolina Maryland, to hit six or more three-pointers against South Carolina is the Catamounts' SoCon foe Wofford.
- South Carolina ripped down 45 rebounds to the Catamounts' 22. Western Carolina only had eight offensive rebounds. In comparison, South Carolina pulled down 18 offensive boards.
- South Carolina shot a scorching 58.2 percent from the field to Western Carolina's 32 percent.

News & Notes
- The game against South Carolina was the second SEC opponent the Catamounts have faced in the last three games.
- Western Carolina has hit three or more three-pointers in all six games to start the season. WCU had six in the game against South Carolina the third time the Catamounts have hit four or more three-pointers in a game this season and the second time WCU had six three-pointers against an SEC opponent.
- LaPlant has hit at least one three-pointer in all six games this season.
- With six rebounds against South Carolina Bonner now has 703 in her career making her the 11th Catamount women's basketball player in school history to have 700 plus rebounds in a career.
- The 43 points scored by WCU against South Carolina is the lowest scoring output by the Catamounts this season.
- Western Carolina failed to have a double-figure scorer for the first time this season.
- The Catamounts are now suffering through a four-game losing streak going 0-3 on the three-game road swing.

Up Next
Western Carolina returns home Saturday to host Florida A&M University. Game time is set for 2 p.m. in the Ramsey Center and will be broadcast on ESPN3.

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