Dec. 28, 2017

Box Score

The Basics
Score: Gardner-Webb 70, Western Carolina 67
Records: Western Carolina 2-11, Gardner-Webb 9-2
Location: Paul Porter Arena, Boiling Springs, N.C.

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. - Senior Julia Brown came off the bench to score a career-high 17 points as Western Carolina women's basketball dropped its second straight heartbreaking road game falling to Gardner-Webb 70-67.

The Catamounts built a seven-point, 37-30, halftime lead with a phenomenal second-period performance outscoring the Bulldogs 29-17. However, the Runnin' Bulldogs returned the favor in the third period outscoring the Catamounts 23-19 in the third. The Runnin' Bulldogs also won the fourth-period outscoring WCU 17-12.

The Catamounts were hot early on nailing six three-pointers in the first half. However. WCU did not connect on a trey in the second half.

Brown's 17 points led three Catamounts in double figures. Nikki Johnson also notched a career-high with 11 and Judith Martin Ruiz tied her career-high with 10.

Turning Point
Tied at 67 with 1:26 left, Gardner-Webb's Alexus Hill hit a field goal and the Catamounts were held scoreless in the final minute of the game to secure the win for the Runnin' Bulldogs.

Individual Leaders
- Brown had a career night with 17 points hitting a three-pointer and going 7-of-9 from the field.
- Johnson scored a career-high with 11 points scoring nine of her 11 in the second period.
- Martin Ruiz tied her career-high with 10 points marking the first time this season she has had back-to-back double-figure performances.
- Tess Harris just missed scoring in double figures with nine points.
- Sherae Bonner led the Catamounts with six rebounds.
- Hill led Gardner-Webb with 23 points.

Inside the Box Score
- Western Carolina and Gardner-Webb were nearly even in field goal shooting with the Catamounts shooting 42 percent while the Runnin' Bulldogs shot 43 percent.
- Gardner-Webb converted 16 Catamount turnovers into 23 points.
- Western Carolina hit six three-pointers -- all in the first half.
- Western Carolina had a season-high 20 assists in the game which ties for 11th place in the WCU record books for most assists in a game.
- Western Carolina got 42 of its points from its bench.
- Western Carolina hit just one field goal in its last 10 attempts in the game and did not score in the final 2:20 of the game.

News & Notes
- Brown's 17 points against Gardner-Webb was not only a career-high her seven made field goals were also a career-high.
- The 67 points scored by Western Carolina is the second-highest points scored by the Catamounts this season and marks the first time this year WCU has scored 60 or more points in back-to-back games.
- The 37 first-half points scored by WCU is a season-high.
- Bonner had six rebounds in the game pushing her career rebound total to 774. She now needs 17 rebounds to move into seventh place.
- The Catamounts have lost by six points or less in back-to-back games.

Up Next
Western Carolina closes out 2017 with a New Year's Eve afternoon home game hosting Brevard. The game is set to tip-off at 2 p.m.

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