The Basics

Score: Elon 68, Western Carolina 24

Records: Western Carolina 1-2; Elon 1-0

Location: Schar Center, Elon, N.C.  

ELON, N.C. – Western Carolina women’s basketball was tripped up by Elon Saturday falling to the Phoenix 68-24 in the Schar Center. 

Turning Point:

Elon held Western Carolina to only two points in the second quarter and went on a 23 to four-run from 2:58 left in the first quarter and into the 10-minute second quarter. 


Individual Leaders

  • Freshman Alyssa Walker hit a pair of three-pointers to lead Western Carolina with six points. 
  • Sophomore guard Jewel Smalls ripped down a team-high seven rebounds. 
  • Elon was led by Jada Graves 12 points.



Inside the Box Score

  • Western Carolina was held to a total of 10 points over the final three quarters (2, 2, 6) after scoring 14 points in the first quarter.
  • After Western Carolina trailed 18-14 after the first quarter, Elon outscored Western Carolina 50 to 10 in the final three quarters.
  • The Catamounts shot 19 percent from the field hitting 10 field goals in the game. Elon shot 42 percent.
  • Elon doubled up on rebounds against Western Carolina ripping down 45 to the Catamounts’ 30. 
  • Western Carolina coughed the ball up 22 times allowing Elon to turn those turnovers into 25 points. 



News & Notes

  • Smalls had her streak of scoring in double figures halted at eight going back to the 2018-19 season. 
  • Walker drained a career-high two three-pointers in the game. 
  • Western Carolina’s game at Elon was the team’s third game in five days. The Catamounts have two more games over the upcoming week which will mark a total of five games in 10 days. 
  • Western Carolina’s 24 points are the least amount scored in a game in the program’s history. It is also just the fourth time in Western Carolina’s women’s basketball history a team has scored under 30 points in a game. 
  • The game at Elon was the second-straight team Western Carolina faced for its season-opener.  


Up Next

Western Carolina completes its three-game road swing at USC Upstate on Tuesday. The game will be part of the Spartans’ Education Day Game inviting area school children to the 11 a.m. contest. 


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