Score: NC A&T 69, Western Carolina 58
Records: Western Carolina 2-9, North Carolina A&T 4-6
Location: Corbett Sports Center, Greensboro, N.C.
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Senior forward Sherae Bonner recorded her second double-double of the season, 20 points, and 14 rebounds, as Western Carolina women's basketball dropped a hard-fought battle, 69-58, to North Carolina A&T Tuesday in the Aggies noon Education Day game at the Corbett Sports Center.
After struggling in the first half, Western Carolina battled down the stretch and even cut the Aggie lead to eight, 58-50, with 1:52 left in the game. The Aggies hit the back-to-back three-pointer with under 1:35 left to play to ice the game.
The Catamounts were paced by Bonner's double-double as she also added five blocks. Lauren LaPlant's 10 points, in the contest, was the third straight game the sophomore guard has scored in double figures.
The Aggies were led by C'Coriea Foy's 18 points one of three NC A&T players to score in double figures.
North Carolina A&T outscored Western Carolina 37-19 in the first half, including holding the Catamounts to seven points in the second period to set the pace for the game.
- Bonner had a double-double, 20 points and 14 rebounds along with five blocks.
- LaPlant hit two of Western Carolina's five three-pointers in the game to end with 10 points.
- Along with Aggie Foy's 18 points, other NC A&T double-figure scorers included Kala Green's 17 points and Jade Scaife's 11. Le'on Hill ripped down 16 rebounds.
Inside the Box Score
- After being outscored 37-19 in the first half, Western Carolina battled back and won the second half outscoring the Aggies 40-31 including holding NC A&T to eight points in the third period.
- Both teams shot below 35 percent as WCU was 34 percent from the field and the Aggies were 32.4. - The Catamounts were edged in rebounding by the Aggies 50 to 43.
- The Catamounts shot 75 percent from the free throw line connecting on 18-of-24. The 18 made free throws is a season-high for the Catamounts.
- The Catamounts had 21 turnovers in the game equates to 21 points for the Aggies.
News & Notes
- LaPlant is the only Catamount player this season to score in double figures in three straight games. In the last three games, LaPlant is averaging 11 points per game.
- LaPlant also eclipsed her point total from her freshman season. As a rookie, LaPalnt had 94 points in 20 games played. In her sophomore campaign, she has 103 points in 11 games.
- Bonner becomes the first Catamount this season to score 20 or more points. It is the first time since Nov. 29, 2016, 21 points against Campbell, Bonner has scored 30 or more points in a game. - The five blocks by Bonner ties her career-high. It also gives her 121 career blocks ranking her in fourth place. She needs seven blocks to move into third place.
- Western Carolina's 59 points against NC A&T is the most points scored by the Catamounts since posting 59 points in the loss to EKU on Nov. 15.
- With 14 rebounds, Bonner now has 750 career rebounds and continues to rank ninth in the Catamount record books. Bonner needs seven rebounds to move into eighth place.
Western Carolina plays its final game before the holiday break Friday traveling to High Point. The game is set for 5 p.m. and can be heard on the Catamount Sports Network and seen on the Big South Network. For the latest information on Catamount women's basketball,
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