Score: South Carolina State 75, Western Carolina 45
Records: Western Carolina 2-8, South Carolina State 4-4
Location: SHM Center, Orangeburg, S.C.
ORANGEBURG, S.C. --Western Carolina women's basketball fell to South Carolina State 75-45 Saturday at SHM Center.
After holding pace with South Carolina State in the first half, Western Carolina's offense stalled in the second half. The Catamounts were outscored 20-7 in the third period with six of Western Carolina's seven points scored by sophomore Tembre Moates. The Catamounts were outscored 21-9 in the fourth period and scored a combined 16 points in the final two periods of the game.
Lauren LaPlant led the Catamounts with 13 points scoring 10 of her 13 in the first half. Moates followed with 12. South Carolina State was paced by Bryeasha Blair who led all scorers with 24 points including nailing five three-pointers with four coming in the third period.
South Carolina held a five-point, 34-29, lead at the half over Western Carolina but the Bulldogs put the game out of reach for the Catamounts when Blair connected on four of SC State's five made three-pointers in the third period to balloon their lead to double-digits, 54-34, to close out the period.
Individual Leaders - LaPlant led WCU with 13 points connecting on three treys in the contest. - Moates had 12 points and also had three rebounds. - Blair led all scorers with 24 points pacing a total of three Bulldogs in double figures. Kemoni Jenkins followed with 15 and Kyesha Lewis had 13. - Senior Sherae Bonner had five points, six rebounds, and one block. - Angel Allen had four assists.
Inside the Box Score
- Western Carolina had 26 turnovers in the game and South Carolina picked up 17 steals in the contest. The Bulldogs scored 36 points off Catamount miscues.
- South Carolina State hit seven three-pointers in the game.
- Western Carolina struggled at the free-throw-line, despite going 6-of-6 in the second period, ending the game 9-for-17.
- The Catamounts ripped down four more rebounds than South Carolina State with 37 to the Bulldogs 33.
- Western Carolina opened the game shooting at a nice clip, 46.7 percent, but cooled off as the game progressed ending the contest shooting 32 percent.
News & Notes
- LaPlant has now scored in double figures five times this season. It is the first time she has scored in double figures in back-to-back games this season as she had 10 points in the previous game against Radford.
- LaPlant is one point shy, she has 93, of tying her point total from her freshman campaign - all in just 10 games. She had 94 points last season in 28 games. She is also the only Catamount to start every game this season.
- The 45 points scored by WCU is the third-lowest scoring output this season. The Catamounts scored a season-low 39 points in the win over Radford on Dec. 7. The 75 points scored by South Carolina State is the fourth most points the Catamounts have allowed this season.
- Bonner has now recorded at least one blocked shot in the last four games. For her career, she now has 116 and needs 12 to move into third place.
- On the rebounding front, Bonner now has 736 career rebounds and sits in ninth place. She needs 21 blocks to move up to eighth.
- Bonner has some work to do to reach 1,000 points before her career comes to an end. She has 743 career points and needs 257 to reach that plateau.
Western Carolina continues its road swing traveling to North Carolina A&T Tuesday for a noon Education Day game. The contest can be heard on the Catamount Sports Network with play-by-play by Kyle Rush.
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