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The Basics

Score: Western Carolina 63, Young Harris 54

Records: Western Carolina 1-2, Young Harris 0-2

Location: Ramsey Center, Cullowhee, N.C.       

CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Junior Tess Harris exploded for a career-high 27 points in Western Carolina women’s basketball’s 63-54 win over Young Harris Monday in the Ramsey Center marking the Catamounts’ first win of the young 2018-19 season. 

With the game tied at 51 with 3:27 left in the game, Western Carolina went on a 12-2 run in the final minutes of the game to pull away from the scrappy Mountain Lions. Western Carolina hit three treys in the fourth period shooting a scorching 60 percent from behind the arch to help WCU secure the win.

Turning Point:

Tied at 51, Western Carolina took the lead for good when freshman guard Jewel Smalls drained a three-pointer with 3:27 left in the game. The game was all but iced by Harris who followed up Smalls’ trey with steal and score and then a monster NBA style three-pointer with 1:14 left.

 

Individual Leaders:

  • Harris was on fire in the game not only scoring her career-high 27 points but also connecting on six three-pointers. 
  • Junior Farasia Hodge has her first double-figure scoring performance as a Catamount with 12 points in the game and also adding six rebounds.
  • Another junior, Tembre Moates, just missed scoring in double figures with eight points and also had four rebounds.
  • Smalls had a late start in the scoring department, ending with seven points, but also dished out a career-high four assists.
  • Young Harris was led by Haylie Shope who ended the night with 17 points.

 

Inside the Box Score:

  • After enjoying a 30-19 halftime lead, Western Carolina watched the lead erode in the third period when the Mountain Lions outscored the Catamounts 23-9.
  •  WCU returned the favor in the fourth period doubling up Young Harris 24-12.
  • The Catamounts connected on a season-best eight three-pointers.
  • Western Carolina’s biggest lead of the game was 13 with 8:38 left in the third.
  • There were 10 lead changes in the game and the game was tied six times.
  • For the game, Western Carolina shot 38.5 percent to Young Harris’ 33.9.
  • Young Harris won the rebounding advantage pulling down three extra then the Catamounts 41 to 38.
  • Western Carolina picked up 22 points off Young Harris’ 18 turnovers in the game. On the flip side, WCU had a season-low 10 turnovers.

 

News & Notes:

  • Freshman forward Gabby Smith got her first start of the season against Young Harris. She ended the night with two points, two rebounds and two blocks.
  • Harris’ six made three-pointers was a career-high tying her for fourth place in the WCU record books for most three-pointers made in a game.
  • Harris’ 27 points against Young Harris ties her for 21st place for most points scored in a game at Western Carolina and the most points scored by a Catamount since 2016.
  • The 63 points scored by the Catamounts is the most this season.
  • Western Carolina’s victory over the Mountain Lions halts a seven-game losing streak dating back to the 2017-18 season.
  • Junior Judith Martin Ruiz ripped down a career-best seven rebounds.

 

Upcoming:

Western Carolina will hit the road beginning a five-game road swing when the Catamounts travel to Georgia Tech Wednesday. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen on ACC Network+.  

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