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Johnson Scores Career-High 19 in Heartbreaking Loss to UNCG

Feb. 24, 2018

Box Score

The Basics
Score: UNCG 57, Western Carolina 54
Records: Western Carolina 5-24, 1-13 SoCon, UNCG12-17, 6-8 SoCon
Location: Fleming Gym, Greensboro, N.C.

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Sophomore guard Nikki Johnson scored a career-high 19 points in Western Carolina women's basketball's 57-54 heartbreaking loss at UNCG Saturday in Fleming Gym.

The Catamounts led by 10, 46-36, at the end of the third period but was outscored 22-8 in the fourth period by UNCG. Western Carolina did not hit a field goal in the final six and a half minutes of the game. Western Carolina was outscored 11-2 in the last 6:40 of the contest.

UNCG, who shot 31 percent for the game, shot 46.2 percent in the fourth period which was a major upswing of the game for the Spartans.

Johnson was 7-of-17 from the field hitting a three-pointer and 4-for-5 from the free throw line. Sherae Bonner and Angel Allen added 10 points. Bonner also had four blocks in the game pushing her career total to 140 and needs just four blocks to break the Western Carolina school record of 143.

Turning Point
Western Carolina was outscored by 22-8 in the fourth period watching a 46-36 third period lead erode and losing the lead for the first time in the game with 1:09 left in the contest. The Catamounts did not hit a field goal in the final 6:40 of the game.

Individual Leaders
- Johnson scored a career-high 19 points.
- Bonner had 10 points, seven rebounds, four blocks and an assist.
- Allen had 10 points and five rebounds.
- Kennedy Rushin had a career-high three blocks.
- UNCG's Ije Ajemba had a double-double scoring 15 points and ripping down 12 rebounds.

Inside the Box Score
- Western Carolina led for 39 minutes of the game before giving up the lead with 1:09 left.
- UNCG was 7-of-8 from the free throw line in the final two minutes of the game.
- After outscoring UNCG in the first three periods, Western Carolina had just eight points in the fourth period and gave up 22 to the Spartans.
- Both teams shot 30 plus percent from the field.
- Western Carolina had a season-low 11 turnovers in the game.

News & Notes
- The Catamounts had a season-high nine blocks in the game. For the season, the Catamounts have 95 blocks tied for seventh in the Western Carolina record books.
- Bonner tied her season-high with four blocks. She has 140 in her career and needs three to tie the school record of 143 and four to break it.
- For her career, Bonner has 862 rebounds and continues to rank sixth in the WCU record books.
- Western Carolina ends the regular season on a four-game losing streak.

Up Next
Western Carolina is the No. 8 seed and will face No. 1 seed Mercer at 11 a.m. Thursday in the opening round of the Southern Conference Championships in the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, N.C.

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