Dec. 7, 2017

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The Basics
Score: Western Carolina 39, Radford 27
Records: Western Carolina 2-7, Radford 3-3
Location: Ramsey Center - Cullowhee, N.C.

CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's basketball doubled down defensively against Radford to scratch out a 39-27 Thursday in the Ramsey Center.

The Catamounts held Radford to three points in the fourth period and a total of 11 points in the second half as the Highlanders shot just 20.8 percent from the field for the game. Western Carolina led at the half 21-16 and shot just a tad better then Radford at 26.4 percent but WCU capitalized on key opportunities down the stretch.

Sophomore guard Lauren LaPlant led all scorers with 10 points including a pair of three-pointers. Senior forward Sherae Bonner just missed a double-double with eight points and a season-high 15 rebounds.

Turning Point
Western Carolina outscored Radford 9-2 in the final seven minutes of the first period to lead 12-5 at the close of the period. The Catamounts never led by less than four the remainder of the game.

Individual Leaders
- LaPlant led all scorers with 10 points hitting two three-pointers.
- Bonner ripped down 12 points, adding eight points and three blocks.
- JonTay Mitchem just missed double-figure rebounds with eight and also had five assists.
- Nikki Johnson had six points.
- Radford's Lydia Rivers led the Highlanders with five points and 12 rebounds.

Inside the Box Score
- Western Carolina held Radford to 20.8 percent shooting from the field.
- The Catamounts ripped down 49 rebounds including 34 on the defensive end.
- Western Carolina shutdown Radford in the fourth period as the Highlanders scored just three points including not hitting a field goal until 1:22 left in the game.
- The Catamounts hit four three-pointers.

News & Notes
- Radford's 27 points in the game were the lowest scoring output for the Highlanders in the team's history. The previous low for Radford was 28 at West Virginia in 2009.
- For Western Carolina, the 27 points given up to Radford ties the school record for least amount of points given up with the game in 1969 in which WCU allowed just 27 against ETSU.
- Bonner's 15 rebounds, against Radford, fives her 750 in her career and moves her up to ninth place in the WCU record books. She now needs 27 for eight places.
- Bonner also added to her career blocks total after notching three in the game against Radford. She now has 115 keeping her in fourth place and needs 13 to move into third.
- Western Carolina's win over Radford halts a six-game losing streak and also stops a three-game losing streak to the Highlanders.

Up Next
Western Carolina will take an eight-day break from competition, to focus on finals next week, and will be back in action on Dec. 16 when the Catamounts travel to South Carolina State. The game is set for a 2 p.m. tip-off and the game can be heard on the Catamount Sports Network.

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