Score: Gardner-Webb 62, Western Carolina 52
Records: Western Carolina 3-11, Gardner-Webb 6-6
Location: Ramsey Center, Cullowhee, N.C.
CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Western Carolina women’s basketball opened 2019 with a 62-52 loss to Gardner-Webb Wednesday in the Ramsey Center.
With the game tied at 32 midway through the third period, Gardner-Webb outscored WCU 30-20 in the final 14 plus minutes of the game to come away with the win.
Though the Catamounts did not have a player score in double figures in the contest, Western Carolina did have balanced scoring with every player who saw action on the court get in the scoring column.
Gardner-Webb went to the free throw line 22 times and hit 19, shooting 86.4 percent from the free throw line.
- Freshman Jewel Smalls just missed a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds. She also had four steals in the game.
- Juniors Judith Martin Ruiz and Tess Harris each had eight points and hit a pair of three-pointers.
- Gardner-Webb’s Ky’Asia Stanford led all scorers with 22 points.
Inside the Box Score:
- Gardner-Webb earned a game-changing 22 trips to the free-throw line and hit 19. On the flip side, Western Carolina made 14 trips and hit seven.
- The lead changed four times and the game was also tied four times.
- Gardner-Webb turned Western Carolina’s 19 turnovers in the game to 16 points.
- The Catamounts scored only four second-chance points.
- Western Carolina had a better shooting percentage from the field then Gardner-Webb at 34 percent to the Runnin’ Bulldogs 32.2 percent.
- Western Carolina hit nine three-pointers in the game the third most treys in a game for the Catamounts this season.
- Gardner-Webb just edged Western Carolina in rebounding ripping down 41 to Western Carolina’s 38.
News & Notes:
- Freshman forward Kayla Brown saw action for the first time since Nov. 9, 2018, against Campbell after sitting out 12 games with an injury. She came back with a balanced attack against Gardner-Webb with four points and four rebounds.
- Western Carolina was able to dress nine players against the Runnin’ Bulldogs for the first time since Nov. 25 against North Alabama.
- For just the second time this season Western Carolina failed to have a player score in double figures in a game.
- Western Carolina is 2-3 over the last five games with Judith Martin Ruiz averaging 10.8 points per game and Tess Harris 10.3.
- With her eight points against Gardner-Webb, Martin Ruiz snapped her three-game streak of scoring in double figures.
- Harris has hit at least one three-pointer in the last seven games.
Western Carolina will take seven days off before returning to action at 6 p.m. Jan. 10 at Wofford to open Southern Conference play.
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