Dec. 31, 2017

Box Score

The Basics
Score: Western Carolina 79, Brevard 34
Records: Western Carolina 3-11, Brevard 4-5
Location: Ramsey Center, Cullowhee, N.C.

CULLOWHEE, N.C. -- Western Carolina women's basketball closed out 2017 Sunday with a 79-34 New Year's Eve afternoon victory over Brevard in the Ramsey Center.

The win halts a four-game losing streak for the Catamounts.

The Catamounts jumped out early and often on the visiting Tornados holding Brevard to just four points in the first period and a total of 13 points in the first half.

Western Carolina led from the opening tip to the final buzzer including scoring the first eight points of the game. WCU held Brevard to just two points in the first nine-plus minutes of the first period.

Senior forward Julia Brown led four Catamounts in double figures with 13 points which also paced the game. Sophomore Tess Harris followed with 12 points while Tembre Moates and Emily Hatfield each had 10.

Though every Brevard player scored in the game none could reach the double figure mark.

Turning Point
Western Carolina held Brevard to just 13 points in the first half scoring 43 first-half points.

Individual Leaders
- Brown led all scorers with 13 points adding seven rebounds. She was also 4-for-4 from the free throw line. - Harris had 12 points hitting a pair of three-pointers.
- Moates had 10 points and a block.
- Hatfield scored a season-high 10 points and just missed a double-double with a career-high nine rebounds.
- Judith Martin Ruiz ripped down a career-high eight rebounds.
- JonTay Mitchem dished out a career-high seven assists.

Inside the Box Score
- Western Carolina shot 47.7 percent from the field and held Brevard to 25.9 percent.
- The Catamounts ripped down 49 rebounds.
- Brevard had 22 turnovers in the game equating to 24 Catamount points.
- The Catamounts were 78.6 percent from the free throw line hitting 11-of-14.

News & Notes
- Western Carolina's win over Brevard halts a four-game losing streak and keeps the Catamounts perfect against the Tornados as WCU has won 12 straight.
- Western Carolina is now 2-3 in games on New Year's Eve.
- All three of Western Carolina's victories this season have come at home.
- The Catamounts' 49 rebounds tied a season-high.
- The 34 points scored by Brevard is the second lowest point total scored by an opponent this season. Western Carolina held Radford to 27 points on Dec. 7.
- Brown has now scored in double figures in the last three games. In those three games, she is averaging 13.7 points per game and shooting 60.9 percent from the field.
- In the last three games, WCU is 1-3 but their point total has shot up as the team is averaging 71.7 points per game almost 20 percent above its average of 56.9 percent.
- Western Carolina has hit a third of its three-pointers this season in the last three games hitting 20 of its 64 treys over the last three games.

Up Next
Western Carolina opens Southern Conference play on the road Thursday traveling to ETSU. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN3 and heard on the Catamount Sports Network.

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