Score: UNC Asheville 64, Western Carolina 47
Records: Western Carolina 1-5; UNCA 2-0
Location: Ramsey Center, Cullowhee, N.C.
CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Western Carolina women’s basketball overcame a sluggish first quarter but it wasn’t enough as the Catamounts fell to visiting UNC Asheville 64-47 Monday in the Ramsey Center during WCU’s annual Education Day game.
A total of 1,810 area school children were in attendance allowing them to experience an NCAA Division I basketball game and to see the Western Carolina University campus.
UNC Asheville built a 16-5 lead in the first quarter, holding Western Carolina to 16 percent shooting from the field. From the 4:44 minute mark of the first media timeout of the game to the 2nd quarter media time out at 4:51, the Bulldogs outscored Western Carolina 20-3 after the Catamounts trailed by 8-5 during the first media timeout.
- Sophomore Jewel Smalls paced the Catamounts with 10 points and nine rebounds.
- Rookie Alyssa Walker led all scorers with 14 points hitting a pair of three-pointers.
- Junior Lauren LaPlant just missed scoring in double figures with nine points hitting three three-pointers in the game.
- UNCA’s Brooke Jordan Brown led the Bulldogs with a double-double 10 points and 10 rebounds. Amaryah Corpening had 11 points and Zip Scott added 11.
Inside the Box Score
- Western Carolina could only muster 15 first-half points scoring five points in the first quarter and 10 in the second.
- The Catamounts ended the game with a strong fourth quarter outscoring UNCA 22-8.
- UNCA shot 44.6 percent from the field connecting on 25 field goals and hitting four three-pointers.
- WCU hit eight three-pointers with LaPlant and Walker hitting three of the eight each.
- The Bulldogs pulled down 44 rebounds while the Catamounts collected 31. UNCA had 31 defensive rebounds.
- UNCA led for nearly the whole game maintaining the lead for 36:50 minutes.
- The Bulldogs had two more turnovers then Western Carolina with 19 to the Catamounts’ 17.
News & Notes
- Smalls scored in double figures in the third straight game and the fifth time in the first six games of the season.
- Walker scored a career-high 14 points marking the second time in her young Catamount career she has scored in double figures. She also tied her seasonal and career-best with two three-pointers.
- Western Carolina has hit seven or more three-pointers in five of the first six games of the season.
- The Catamounts are on a five-game losing streak after winning their opening game against UVA-Wise 64-55.
- Freshman guard Andrea Martin Ruiz dished out a career-best five assists in the contest.
Western Carolina hits the road to face former Southern Conference member Davidson at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20.
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