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The Basics

Score: Chattanooga 65, Western Carolina 50

Records:  Western Carolina 4-25, 0-14 SoCon, Chattanooga 13-16, 8-6 SoCon

Location: Ramsey Center. Cullowhee, N.C.             

CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Senior guard Angel Allen scored a career-high 23 points, on senior day, as Western Carolina women’s basketball closed out the regular season with a 65-50 loss to Chattanooga Saturday in the Ramsey Center.

The future also looks bright for the Catamounts as rookie Jewel Smalls logged in a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.    

Turning Point:

Chattanooga outscored Western Carolina 23-11 in the fourth period to break away from the Catamounts after WCU was trailing by just three, 42-39, after the third period.  

Individual Leaders:

  • Allen led all scorers with her career-high 23 points going 9-of-16 from the field.
  • Smalls notched her first double-double of the season with 14 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.
  • Eboni Williams led the Mocs with 15 points.

 

Inside the Box Score

  • Smalls and Allen combined to score 37 of Western Carolina’s 50 points in the game.
  • The difference in the game turned out to be Chattanooga hitting three more treys and a 13-of-18 day at the free throw line.
  • Chattanooga shot 40.4 percent from the field while Western Carolina shot 33.3 percent.
  • Western Carolina had 14 turnovers to Chattanooga’s 11.
  • Chattanooga just won the rebounding battle with 41 to the Catamounts 38.
  • The Catamounts scored 32 of its points inside the paint.

 

News & Notes

  • With four three-pointers in the game, Western Carolina’s 2018-19 squad moves into second place in the Catamount record books for treys in a season now holding down the second spot with 171. The record is 189 by the 2013-14 team.
  • Smalls has scored 319 points in the 2018-19 season which is the most by a Western Carolina women’s basketball freshman since 2014-15 when Ace Easter ended her rookie campaign with 297. She also becomes the first Catamount freshman to score 300 or more points in a season since Lauren Powell in the 2005-06 campaign when she ended her first year as a Catamount with 328. Smalls is chasing the record for most points scored by a WCU rookie looking to unseat April Fleck who scored 338 in 1997-98.  
  • Smalls has now scored in double figures in the last five games and a total of 16 times this season.

Upcoming

Western Carolina is the No. 8 seed in the upcoming 2019 Southern Conference Basketball Championships presented by General Shale and will face No. 1 seed Mercer at 11 a.m. Thursday at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, N.C. It will be the second straight year the Catamounts will face the Bears in the opening round of the SoCon Championships.       

For the latest information on Catamount women's basketball, follow @catamounts on Twitter or go to www.catamountsports.com.

 

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