Nov. 25, 2013
Cullowhee,N.C. - Senior guard Trey Sumler has been named Southern Conference Player of the Week by College Sports Madness after average 18.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game during the week.
Sumler, who struggled in the Coaches vs. Classic opener against Kent State, followed with a career-high 35 points on 10-of-20 shooting from the floor and 14-of-16 shooting from the free throw line in the game. Sumler made his first four shots from the floor including a three and his first seven free throw attempts. His 35 points are the highest turned in by a SoCon player this season and ties him for 17th best single-game performance in the NCAA to date. Sumler also picked up WCU's first double-double of the season as he added 10 assists in the win.
He followed with 16 points and narrowly missed back-to-back double-doubles with nine rebounds in the tournament's final game against USC Upstate.
For the weekend he shot 36 percent from the field and 89 percent from the free throw line.
Sumler leads the Catamounts in scoring on the season at 17.2 points per game and has a team-high 27 assists.
The Rocky Mount, N.C. native will lead the Catamounts against Limestone in the Ramsey Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 26. The game marks the end of a 10-day, six game road swing for WCU, but continues a hectic November for the Catamounts, who will have played nine games in the opening 18 days of the 2013-14 season following Tuesday's contest.
The Limestone game will be carried on the Catamount Sports Network with Gary Ayers and Daniel Hooker on the call.
Western Carolina enters game at 4-4 overall after going 1-2 over the weekend at the Coaches. vs. Cancer Classic. WCU suffered losses to Kent State (11/21), 72-59, and to USC Upstate (11/23), 72-58, but picked up a 98-90 win over Niagara (11/22) in the middle game of the tournament.
WCU vs. Limestone Game Notes
- The Catamounts are 2-0 all-time against the Saints with meetings in the 1980-81 and 1996-97 seasons;
- The first meeting was a 95-71 win in Cullowhee for the Catamounts on January 5, 1981 ... WCU took the second meeting 120-76 again in Cullowhee on December 2, 1996;
- In both meetings WCU was a member of the SoCon, while Limestone was a member NAIA in the 1981 meeting and a member of the NCAA Division II during the 1996 meeting.
- The Saints, who are 4-2 on the year, enter the game on two-game winning streak after defeating Southern Wesleyan (11/20) 95-70 and Lander (11/23) 58-55 in their last game;
- Limestone has four players average double-figures with PJ Foster leading the way at 20.7 points per game;
- Josh Oden, who transferred from SoCon foe UTC, follows with 15.7 points per game and Shaq Dance and Asaad Woods average 11.7 and 11.5 points per game respectively.
What's Next for Western Carolina
-The Catamounts travel to Wright State on Saturdya, November 30 for a game at 3 p.m. for their next contest that starts another three-game road swing;
- After a trip to Coastal Carolina on Wednesday, December 4, WCU heads to the state of Ohio for the third and final time with a game at Cleveland State on Monday, December 16.
Catamount Quick Hitters
- WCU is vying to have three players reach the 1,000 career-point plateau; Trey Sumler (1,491) Brandon Boggs (1,028) and Tawaski King (812);
- Boggs became the 43rd Catamount over 1,000 points with a jumper from the right wing in the first half against Niagara (11/22).
- The Catamounts play 10 of the first 15 games on the road.
- WCU will play four games on "TV";at No. 18/18 Oregon on the Pac-12 Network, at Virginia Tech on ESPN3, at Wofford on ESPN3 and vs. Furman on ESPN3.
- WCU will play five games in the state of Ohio this season; at Kent State, vs. Niagara, vs. USC Upstate, at Wright State and at Cleveland State.
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