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Sophomores Lead the Way in Catamounts' Loss at Furman

Feb. 10, 2018

Box Score

The Basics
Score: Furman 66, Western Carolina 46
Records: Western Carolina 5-21, 1-10 SoCon, Furman 15-11, 5-6 SoCon
Location: Timmons Arena, Greenville, S.C.

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The sophomores led the way for Western Carolina, scoring a combined 37 of Western Carolina's points, in the 66-46 loss to Furman Saturday in Timmons Arena.

Sophomore Lauren LaPlant paced WCU with 14 points while fellow sophomores Nikki Johnson and Judith Martin Ruiz followed with 13 and 10 points respectively.

Scoring droughts and foul trouble doomed Western Carolina in the loss to the Paladins.

Julia Brown played just three minutes in the first half, due to two quick fouls, and Nikki Johnson also found herself with a pair of fouls in the first half. The foul trouble and almost seven minutes of combined scoring droughts in the first and second period by the Catamounts allowed Furman to build a 41-23 lead at the half. It was a deficit Western Carolina could not recover from.

Furman benefitted from 21 trips to the free throw line hitting 17. The Paladins also pounded the glass ripping down 42 rebounds, 26 on the defensive end, to Western Carolina's 27.

The Catamounts did win the fourth period outscoring the Paladins 13-9.

Turning Point
Western Carolina was outscored 41-23 in the first half as the Catamounts battled through scoring droughts of over three and four minutes, in the first and second period, to allow Furman to build a lead WCU could not recover from.

Individual Leaders
- LaPlant paced WCU with 14 points and also tied her career-high with four three-pointers.
- Johnson just missed tying her career-high of 14 with 13 points.
-Martin Ruiz got to double figures in scoring hitting a buzzer beater at the end of the game to end the contest with 10 points. She also led the team with six rebounds.
- Furman's Le'Jzae Davidson led all scorers with 18 points.

Inside the Box Score
- Furman got 20-second-chance points against WCU.
- The Paladins ripped down 42 rebounds to Western Carolina's 27.
- Furman scored 15 of its points off 13 Catamount turnovers. - Both teams shot 30 plus percent in the game with Furman shooting 39.6 percent to Western Carolina's 32.7.
- Western Carolina's defense buckled down at the end of the game as Furman did not hit a field goal in the final 3:47 of the game.
- Furman went to the free throw line 21 times hitting 17. In contrast, Western Carolina went to the charity stripe eight times hitting six.

News & Notes
- Since coming back from injury, on Jan. 18 against Samford, LaPlant is averaging 8.1 points per game and has hit 15 of her 30 three-pointers this season in those last eight games. She has also scored in double figures twice in that eight-game span.
- Emily Hatfield got her first start since Dec. 2 against Florida A&M when she got the starting nod against Furman. She tied her career-high with two blocks against the Paladins and now has 15 this season. - Johnson had her third back-to-back double-figure scoring performance this season as she had 14 against Wofford and now 13 against Furman.
- WCU split a weekend series, in SoCon play, for the first time this season.
- Junior Kennedy Rushin played seven minutes against Furman and had a career-high two blocks in the game. - Western Carolina has now lost five straight at Furman.
- The game at Furman was Western Carolina's second straight Play4Kay game.

Up Next
Western Carolina returns home Thursday, Feb. 15, to host Mercer in the Catamounts' annual Play4Kay game at 5 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wear pink and support the purple and gold. The contest is part of a doubleheader with men's basketball who host Wofford at 7:30 p.m. Both games can be seen on ESPN3 and regionally on WMYA My40.

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